HARRISBURG — They knew their secret plays.
When Douglass boys basketball coach Lynn Allen called a "Fat Albert" play in Tuesday night's game against Fayette, the Falcons' Lorenzo Estes reacted immediately, calling his team to block the Bulldogs' play.
"You're not supposed to know that Lo," Allen said, his words ending in a chuckle.
Lorenzo Estes, the Falcons' small, scrappy guard, played two seasons at Douglass before finishing his senior year at Fayette. It was just one weapon the Falcons (18-5) used to beat Douglass 87-49 in the first round of the Class 2, District 7 tournament at Harrisburg High School.
"They've got a lot of different ways to beat you," Allen said. "They've got size, they've got speed. They've got shooters, a lot of depth. There's not many teams that would have beaten them tonight."
Estes is a prime example of the struggle Douglass (11-8) faces. Its players are always on the move. In January, the Bulldogs added six new players and lost three past players in January.
This was the first district tournament for any of the Bulldogs. Last season the Bulldogs forfeited districts when several players had disciplinary issues and there were not enough players to move on.
But the Bulldogs finished this season with a strong 11-man team that featured seniors Antoine Harris, Trey Russel and Mikhail Williams.
"Experience wise, those guys have been in a lot of big games, and this is a first for all of our guys," Allen said. "We brought a full squad over here. That's progress."
The Bulldogs are hoping for more progress with many players returning next season, including leading scorer sophomore James Hughes.
"We're never exactly sure what we're going to get down here," Allen said. "We've always got good athletes, and it's just bringing them together as a team."