Poly: Demetrius Mims, Sr., G/F; Rahim Ali, So., PG; Justin Lewis, So., F
KEYS TO VICTORY
In a battle of defending state champions — the visiting Gators captured the Class 4A crown and the Engineers won the the 3A title — the teams will get an immediate gauge to see how they stand this season. It’s the second straight season they have played in the early going, with Perry Hall coming away with a stunningly easy 83-60 home win against the Engineers last year on Dec. 22. In that game, Higgs, Hardnett and Holley combined to score 52 points as the Gators took an 11-point lead at halftime and broke the game open by outscoring the Engineers, 23-6, in the third quarter. The Engineers no doubt have that game in the back of their minds as they seek to avenge the setback on their home gym. Many of the key players from last year’s game are back, aside from All-Metro Poly forward De’Vondre Perry, who graduated and moved on to Temple. The Engineers have added Lewis, a Calvert Hall transfer, to bolster the frontcourt. Both teams like to get out in transition, so taking care of the boards and staying away from turnovers will play big.