The Baltimore Sun's High school sports polls for basketball and wrestling for Dec. 19.
Dec 19, 2017 at 5:00 AM
KEYS TO VICTORY
One of the area’s top rivalries is set for this season’s first edition with both teams off to fine starts.
For the visiting Panthers, Baldwin has played at a consistently high level with his ability to score and distribute. They use their depth to play at a fast pace and wear down opponents — sharing the basketball on offense with constant pressure on defense. Epps provides important leadership with Toles another scoring option. Senior forward Koran Moore and junior forward Jason Murphy provide strong inside play and will be counted on to contend with Gaels’ go-to player Smith, who earned All-Metro co-Player of the Year honors last season.
In addition to Smith, the Gaels will look to Bishop for outside scoring and Myers to control the flow. Stopping the Panthers from getting to the basket — both in transition and in half-court sets — as well as defensive rebounding will be vital for the home team.