The Tigers defeated North Paulding, 60-50, behind double-digit contributions from three of their players.
Roderic King led Adairsville with 21 points, while Austin Greenfield threw in 11 points and Sammie Frazier 10.
Coach Kent Howard said King and Frazier stepped up big in the paint for the Region 5B-AAA Tigers.
“Roderic and Sammie both probably had seven or eight rebounds and several blocks,” Howard said. “They are two of our biggers guys and they were active and physical around the basket and caused a little trouble [for North Paulding].”
He also cited the play of Corey Davis.
“Corey played extremely well for us. He had 5 points and did a lot of the little things for us. He took some charges and had some deflections.
“Those are the things we really focused on and he came through for us.”
Howard said his players got a lot out of the scrimmage against the 5-AAAAA school.
“It was a good all-around game and both teams probably got better,” he said. “That was the purpose and we accomplished our goal. We’re looking forward to the year.”
He said the teams did not feature all the players they will have during the regular season.
“Both of us were a little shorthanded because we were missing a lot of our varsity players who are on our schools’ football players. We filled in our with our young guys and they did a really good job for us. It was a great scrimmage.”
He said the level of competition was high, too.
“North Paulding is well coached and it was a good scrimmage for us,” he said. “It also gave us a chance to look at a really good team, a really classy team that plays really hard. It was good for us to match up against them early in the season, too.”
The Tigers got off to a fast start against North Paulding, taking an 18-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. By the break they had stretched that lead to 25-13 and held it steady at the end of the third frame with a 45-35 lead.
Adairsville kicks off its regular season on Nov. 29, when it visits the Pepperell Dragons in a non-region matchup. The Tigers play at 7:30 p.m. while the Lady Tigers start at 6 p.m.