Local teams set sights on playoffs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The ACCS boys basketball team and Cathedral girls will both face Bowling Green today in the MAIS AAA South State tournament at Simpson Academy.

The Rebels will tipoff at 5:15 p.m., while the Lady Green Wave are set to start at 6:30 p.m.

No. 4 ACCS (boys) vs. No. 1 Bowling Green

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The Rebels (11-13) will face a familiar opponent, having already played Bowling Green twice this season, winning once and losing by one point the next.

Going into the playoff matchup, ACCS coach Richy Spears said the key to keeping up with Bowling Green is to stay strong on defense.

“We have to put some pressure on the ball and make sure we trap and press,” he said. “We just have to fine-tune some things and identify where their shooters are.”

Spears said he knows Bowling Green has a tough lineup, so it is essential for ACCS to force its opponent to take difficult shots. He also said if his team stays focused all together, the rest will fall into place.

“We have to be able to rebound the basketball and not give them second chances,” he said. “It’s about taking care of the basketball and getting good shots.”

No. 4 Cathedral (girls) vs. 

No. 1 Bowling Green

The Lady Green Wave (23-7) is looking to bounce back after a tough loss to ACCS in the District 4 tournament consolation game Saturday, 56-52.

Cathedral coach Peter Arnold said that although his team was extremely disappointed, it is just as confident going into the playoffs.

“We are over it,” he said. “Tbis is a critical game, and there is a lot riding on it. We are going into it hoping and expecting to win. It’s win or go home.”

Although Cathedral has not yet played Bowling Green this season, Arnold knows the difficulty of the matchup.

The Buccaneers finished No. 1 in the district of the regular season and in the district tournament.

“We were hoping to avoid them,” Arnold said. “We just have to do what we do best and see what happens.”