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Boys basketball Game of the Week: No. 3 John Carroll at No. 1 St. Frances

No. 3 John Carroll (9-3) at No. 1 St. Frances (15-2)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

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Coaches: John Zito, John Carroll; Nick Myles, St. Frances

KEY PLAYERS

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John Carroll: Immanuel Quickley, Sr., G; Montez Mathis, Sr. G

St. Frances: Adrian Baldwin, So., G; Elijah Epps, Sr., G

With the area's finest senior backcourt in Immanuel Quickley and Montez Mathis, and a quality supporting cast, the Patriots are primed for a banner season.

KEYS TO VICTORY

The Panthers took over the top spot in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 poll this week and already have a win against the No. 4 Patriots — a 78-73 overtime victory at John Carroll on Nov. 28. The game was tight throughout — neither team had a lead bigger than seven points — and the final quarter ended in controversy after a basket at the buzzer by John Carroll guard Nigel Haughton was waved off. Both teams have some of the area’s finest guards — Quickley didn’t play in the teams’ first meeting — with fine depth. Transfers Yavuz Gultekin and Brandon Craig have fit in well for the Patriots, who also look to Cameron Byers inside. The Panthers have been able to wear down teams with Jason Murphy, Rajeir Jones and Koran Moore other key pieces. Expect another tightly contested game with execution down the stretch being the difference.

Led by the dynamic backcourt of Daquan Bracey and Kurk Lee Jr., St. Frances has the goods for a championship season.

OTHER GAMES TO WATCH

Boys basketball

» No. 1 St. Frances at No. 10 Boys’ Latin, Friday, 7 p.m.

» Old Mill at Annapolis, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

» No. 8 Lake Clifton at No. 12 Patterson, Tuesday, 5:15 p.m.

» No. 6 Milford Mill at No. 15 Dulaney, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Girls basketball

» No. 9 IND at St. John’s-CP, Friday, 5:30 p.m.

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» No. 3 Roland Park vs. Long Island Lutheran, N.Y. at Jefferson University, Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

» New Town at No. 14 Pikesville, Monday, 5:30 p.m.

» No. 2 McDonogh at No. 3 Roland Park, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

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