It was a night to remember for the Tiger Basketball family.
Not only did Central defend its home court on opening night, but also the school honored two of its own: Coach Eddie L. Boone and Coach Oliver Fitzpatrick, Jr.
In honor of Coach Boone and Fitzpatrick's legacies, Central dedicated and renamed the facility Boone-Fitzapatrick Fieldhouse.
Michael Mason, a former player of Boone's, and Central head girls basketball coach Michael Green gave tributes to each of the coaches as part of the evening's program.
A number of other former Tigers, coaches and alumni were on hand for the ceremony and to watch Central outlast Forrest City, 72-69, in a game that came down to the final seconds.
“I’m really proud of our kids for the effort they gave in front of so many former players and coaches who were in attendance tonight to honor Coach Boone and Coach Fitzpatrick,” head coach Brian Ross said.
Senior guard AJ Williams knocked down two clutch free throws with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a three-point lead. With 4.5 seconds on the clock, Forrest City's three-point shot at the buzzer hit the front of the rim, giving the Tigers its first win of the season.
Central has now won four of its last five games over Forrest City to open the season, stretching its streak to three consecutive games.
The Tigers are back in action this weekend in the annual Hoopin 4 Hoodies event versus Little Rock Mills on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. hosted at North Little Rock High School.