Boys Basketball Game of the Week: No. 9 Dulaney at No. 5 Perry Hall

No. 9 Dulaney (5-0) at No. 5 Perry Hall (2-2)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Coaches: Matt Lochte, Dulaney; George Panageotou, Perry Hall

KEY PLAYERS

Dulaney: Josh Cornish, Sr., G; Che Evans, So., SG; Ryan Conway, Fr., PG

Perry Hall: Laquill Hardnett, Sr., F; Anthony Higgs, Sr., F; Tyler Holley, Sr., SG

KEYS TO VICTORY

Perry Hall is the defending Baltimore County and Class 4A state champions and the clear favorite in league play. Dulaney is one of the teams expected to provide a significant challenge. It’s the host Gators’ size and experience vs. the Lions’ pressure defense and youthful exuberance. Hardnett (6-foot-9) and Higgs (6-8) are tough to match up against with their size, athleticism and versatility. The Gators also have plenty of depth with Holley able to impact games a number of ways and junior forward Anthony Walker and junior guard D.J. Cloude other contributors. The Lions play a relentless up-tempo style with pressure defense to wear down opponents. Can they do that against the Gators? It may be tough. Cornish and Evans are each averaging 20 points per game and Conway has already shown he can play way beyond his years as a freshman. The Lions will try to keep the Gators out of the paint and also need to rebound well on defense to have a chance. Playing at home for the first time this season, expect the Gators to be primed in front of a big crowd.

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Boys basketball

South Carroll at Century, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Annapolis at Meade, Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Dundalk at Woodlawn, Wednesday 5:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

No. 10 Long Reach at No. 4 Howard, Wed., 5:30 p.m.

No. 13 Mount de Sales at No. 8 IND, Wed., 5:30 p.m.

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