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Productive summer for Tigers

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

The Troup Tigers put the wraps on their summer schedule by playing a pair of games at Callaway on Tuesday.

Troup played close to 20 games this month, and that included games against Callaway and Manchester on Tuesday.

The focus, head coach Blake Craft said, has been on preparing for the 2019-2020 season, and not on wins and losses.

“It’s a fun group. It’s a blast to coach this group,” Craft said. “They don’t like to lose, but like I told them, it’s all about getting better right now. Don’t worry about this stuff right now.”

Craft added that “it’s about building depth, and we’re doing that.”

Troup went 17-10 last season and lost in the first round of the state tournament to Stephens County.

Many of the players responsible for that success, including leading scorer JaQuavo McFarland, graduated, so a handful of players will be taking on increased roles next season.

One of those players who’ll be asked to do more is junior guard Trey Williams.

“In the past couple of years, Trey Williams has been a pass-first guard,” Craft said. “Now we’re asking him to score more, and he’s done a great job of it.”

The summer has given everyone ample opportunities to get some time on the court.

“We’ve been able to play a lot of games, get a lot of experience,” Craft said.