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Benjamin Russell takes on Childersburg on Senior Night

Published 10:46am Thursday, January 31, 2013

By Ed Bailey

When Benjamin Russell takes the floor to face Childersburg tonight, it will hold a special meaning to five Wildcats.
Tonight’s game versus CHS marks the final regular-season home game for Javoskie McNeal, Woo Varner, Zach Russell, Snoop Flowers and Greg Buckner.
BRHS boys basketball coach Jeff Hines said he wants them to go out on a high note.
“It’s extremely important that these five guys leave this floor after the regular season finale with a win,” Hines said.
McNeal, Varner, Russell and Flowers were juniors for the team during last year’s 18-10 season.
This is Buckner’s first year on the varsity squad but Hines said he’s been a part of the Wildcats’ program just as long as Varner, McNeal, Flowers and Russell.
“They helped to lay this foundation,” Hines said. “It’s been a joy to coach these guys.”
While tonight’s game offers the chance for Benjamin Russell’s five seniors to end their tenure on a good note, Hines said it doesn’t change the fact that this was not the season he envisioned for them.
“We haven’t met expectations but when you lose nine seniors and your two leading scorers, you have to take a step back,” he said. But we’re not using that as an excuse.”
Hines said the challenge would be handling Childersburg’s athleticism and execution. He added that BRHS’ defense, which has caused fits for opponents recently, would be key.
“I coach with my gut. I let the game dictate what we do,” Hines said. “We’re going to have to finish and score the basketball. If we continue to play defensively like we’ve been playing, I think there’s no question that we’ve got a good shot to win the game.”