Perry Hall boys (8-1)
@No. 8 Poly (8-2)
When: Monday, 5:30 p.m.
Coaches: George Panageotou, Perry Hall; Sam Brand, Poly
Key players to watch
Perry Hall: James Rider, Jr., G; Laquill Hardnett, So., C; Anthony Higgs, So. F
Poly: De'Vondre Perry, Jr., G-F; Jordan Jones, Sr., C; Christian Chong-Qui, Sr., G
Keys to victory
Both teams are playing at a high level, with Poly the winner of six straight and the Gators on a seven-game roll going into today's game against Chesapeake-BC.
The host Engineers are coming off an impressive 62-47 road win at No.4 Patterson to improve to 3-0 in Baltimore City. Perry, 6 feet 6, and Jones, 6-8, dominated the game at both ends with Chong-Qui smoothly running the show. Perry Hall also has good size in the frontcourt matchup with the 6-7 Hardnett and 6-6 Higgs, but experience is where the Engineers have a decided edge. The Gators, who equaled their win total of last year in Wednesday's victory over Dulaney, have four new starters and a roster dominated by underclassmen.
Both teams have shown an ability to score in transition or in the halfcourt with plenty of options. The home-court advantage should be a big help to the Engineers. It makes for an interesting nonconference game at this point of the season. The teams have played one common opponent in New Town. The Gators fell to the Titans, 62-58, in Baltimore County play Dec. 11 before the Engineers defeated them, 58-46, at the Governor's Challenge in Salisbury on Dec. 30.
Other games to watch
•No. 5 John Carroll at No. 7 McDonogh, Friday, 7
•Glen Burnie at Old Mill, Friday, 6:45
•No. 7 McDonogh at No. 9 New Town, Monday, 5:30 p.m.
•No. 12 Western at No. 11 Poly, Friday, 5 p.m.
•No. 4 Old Mill vs. No. 3 Roland Park at McDonogh, Saturday, 2:45p.m.
•No. 8 Archbishop Spalding vs. No. 10 Catonsville at McDonogh, Saturday, 7:15 p.m.
•No. 3 Roland Park at No.1 McDonogh, Monday, 6 p.m.