Tigers set for regional final boys basketball game

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 05:34 PM.
“He’s a 4.0 student and has high character,” Orlando said. “He is well liked by the students. He’s a religious young man and comes from a great family. It’s all character off the court. When he’s on the court he obviously has a high basketball IQ, and that goes along with his incredible work ethic and God-given talent.”
Orlando said his team has focused on short-term and long-term goals throughout the season in the lead up to this game, and he said it is important that his players don’t lose sight of the task at hand by looking ahead at what could be another trip to state.
“Having Tyrome and Logan Justice, the two lone guys off of our state championship team, they try to relay what they experienced and pass that on to the younger guys. During the season we schedule some teams that are very competitive, very big and athletic, and we hope to challenge them with these bigger schools to prepare them for this stage if they get there.
“Mental focus is so hard to develop in a 14-year-old or a 15-year-old in an atmosphere that is pressure-filled. We’re really trying to make them understand how important it is to be mentally ready.”
Chipley’s home gym was loud and the Tiger fans boisterous when Chipley played Port St. Joe, and Orlando expects a similar outpouring of support tonight.
“We have the best fans in the Panhandle and probably the state,” he said. “It’s not only the student body, but it’s the faculty, the school, the community. People come out to the games and have no children in the program. We have business supporters. It’s a huge advantage playing at home because of the type of fans we have.”

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