Green Forest heads to Paris for regional

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Green Forest's Clayton Watson leads the Tigers into Wednesday's game against Charleston in Paris. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

GREEN FOREST -- Green Forest coach Brandon Stone recently accepted the challenge of reviving the boy's basketball program.

With a spot in the Class 3-1A Regional Tournament at Paris that begins on Wednesday, Stone has at least, in part, laid the first of many building blocks.

Stone guided the Tigers to a 6-21 record this year, recording more wins in a single season than Green Forest had posted in the previous three years. He will be looking to take another step on Wednesday, as the Tigers take on Charleston at 8:30 p.m. in the first round of the event.

"The kids have been working hard," Stone said on Monday. "We are going to go in, do our best, and see what happens."

Regardless of the outcome, the Stone has already surpassed expectations in his inaugural season, culminating in a district tournament win for the first time since 2008. Stone believes the Tigers have improved enough to be competitive against Charleston, despite the size the opposing Tigers bring to the table.

"We have been fine tuning some things this week," Stone said. "We are trying to get the little details covered. They have a big guy inside that's going to be tough matchup because he is bigger than anyone we have. And they have a shooting guard that is pretty good. He's bigger than our guards but quicker than our big guys."

Clayton Watson led the Tigers in scoring this year with 12.4 points per game, scoring a season-high 26 against Blue Eye, MO, on December 20. The Tigers also rely on perimeter shooting of Jordyn Mullins, Michael Campbell, Brandon Hogan, Gavin Nelson and Daulton Coffey.

"From what I saw we can compete with them," Stone said. "If we come out and play the way we are capable of playing we can play with them. We have had a good week of practice and the guys are ready to go down there and represent this county."

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