Wildcats to take on MarburyPublished 10:28am Friday, January 18, 2013
By Ed Bailey
The Wildcats will try to ensure themselves at least third place in the area when they face the visiting Marbury Bulldogs.
This will be the second meeting between Marbury High School and Benjamin Russell.
The first meeting fell in favor of the Wildcats as they left Marbury with a 71-64 victory in tow.
With the Childersburg game postponed, BRHS head boys basketball coach Jeff Hines acknowledged this game brings a different mind-set but with greater implications.
“It is a different focus,” Hines said. “Our motto is that all games are big games and the next game is most important. You want to avoid the fourth seed or win the area outright.”
The 5-11 Wildcats have struggled to find consistent team offense. Hines said it would be paramount to BRHS’ success against Marbury.
He added things the team didn’t do so well in their earlier victory would have to be improved.
“The number one thing is that we’re going to have to defend, and the number two thing is that we’re going to have to rebound,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job of defending them than we did the first go around. We’ve got to be able to finish shots tonight as well and that’s one thing we’ve kind of been on a roller-coaster with this season. Some nights we shoot it well. Some nights we don’t. Tonight has to be a situation where we take the best available shot provided to us.”
Hines also said he wanted to see the elements that were instrumental in the earlier victory carry over.
“One thing that we did was that we took care of the basketball, we took good shots and I thought our ball movement was very good,” Hines said.
Based on what he has seen of the Wildcats recently, Hines said he expects the team to come out energetic and prepared for the task at hand, given the implications and in-area opponent.
“I think our guys will be ready to go,” Hines said. “I’ve been pleased with our last five or six practices, and I was pleased with how we played at Sylacauga. We’ve got to carry that over tonight.”
According to Hines, he and the team know that they can defeat Marbury but added that he doesn’t want the team to rest on the laurels of earlier success.
“Every game is different,” he said. “You can’t live in the past. We’ve got to play the game and see how it falls for us. We are assured to get their best shot because they know that there’s a lot riding on the ball game.
The contest against Marbury will also be BRHS’ cancer awareness game. There are plans to recognize those close to BRHS who are involved in the fight against cancer.
“Two people we are conscious of are Benjamin Hendricks, a seventh grader at ACMS and McCoy Smith, who is a graduate of BRHS,” Hines said. “Those are two guys who are definitely in our thoughts and prayers along with the people we’ll talk about who have battled it and beat it or are going through that process right now.”
Those who attend the game are encouraged to show their support, Hines said.
“I’d like everyone to wear pink tonight,” he added. “Some of the proceeds will go to Children’s Hospital (in Birmingham) for cancer research. When you’ve got two students at the forefront of this, it’s important to show our support.”