Tigers statement win against region opponent Walker

Christian McCluney


The boys varsity basketball team played a region game against the Walker school on Friday, January 21. This ended up being a dominating win for the Tigers with the final score being 65-45.

The Tigers got a big performance out of sophomore guard D’Marion Floyd who scored 20 points accompanied by five assists and four rebounds. 

“My teammates, the offense and the plays we ran led to my 20 points. On fast breaks I created my own shot; I attacked the basket well and made my free throws,” Floyd said.

Floyd has been a key player for Darlington this year coming off the bench. 

The Tigers also had a great game on the defensive end as senior forward DJ Johnson collected seven rebounds while senior guard Patrick Shelley contributed 11 rebounds and three steals. 

“Our plan was to go in and face guard their best two players, number two and 24, and box out because they’re good at crashing the glass and they’re very good at getting second chance points. They stayed out pretty much the whole second quarter so we did our job,” Johnson said.

The Tigers defense was able to hold a high-scoring Walker team to 45 points. The game was close going into halftime, but the Tigers pulled away down the stretch. “We got off to a good start. I think that was big,” head coach Nathan West said. “I thought we had to come out and play as a team. You know we shared the ball pretty well. We did a good job playing to our strengths and playing on the defensive end. We knew we had it going. They have some good players. We threw some different defenses at them and we really guarded.” 

The Tigers are 16-4 this season and 4-2 in region play.