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The Anderson County boys' basketball team can virtually wrap up a two-seed and keep hopes alive for the top placing in the 30th District Tournament when the Bearcats host Spencer County next Tuesday.
But first, Anderson will host Western Hills on Friday, Jan. 18.
The Bearcats have owned the series with Western Hills over the years, with Anderson winning every game in the series, except one, since 1992. The lone loss, however, came two years ago on the Bearcats' home floor. Western Hills won that one 60-56. A year ago, the Anderson boys slipped past Western Hills by a virtually identical 61-56 count.
Anderson coach Glen Drury expects the 2013 battle to be conducted the same way.
“Western Hills is a team that can score a lot of points,” Drury said. “Anybody that can score is dangerous. You have to be able to intentionally guard. You can't just guard the basketball. They are going to transition well.”
Western Hills, 4-14 through games of the weekend, had lost five straight games and 10 of its last 12.
Tuesday, the Bearcats should get a major test when Spencer County comes to town in a major 30th District showdown.
Simply put, an Anderson win will virtually guarantee that it will be at least the No. 2 seed in the district tournament, set to be played Feb. 18-22 at Collins High School.
Through games of the weekend, three teams – Anderson, Collins and Shelby County – were tied at the top of the district standings with 1-1 records. None had played Spencer, although Spencer was to have played at Collins Tuesday night after press time.
If all three of the tied teams beat Spencer, Collins holds the tie-breaker with Anderson second and Shelby third. If Spencer beats at least one of the teams, the district standings would simply be determined by head-to-head results. A win over Spencer most likely would give Anderson the two-seed, while a loss would most likely send Anderson to fourth.
Drury is just looking at Tuesday's game right now.
“Spencer is good,” he said. “They can score. They have a big kid in (6-foot-4 Chris) Dunbar and (Brandon) Miller is an excellent guard. They have four guys that can shoot the basketball.
“We are going to have to play very well. We have to compete 32 minutes and we are going to have to execute. We are going to have to do a lot of smart things to win.”
Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m. with junior varsity games set at 6 p.m.
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