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January 22, 2014

CULLMAN COUNTY BASKETBALL TOURNEY (Ninth-grade Boys): Alexander, Broncos ready for Warriors after 45-29 win vs. Hanceville

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HANCEVILLE —

Next up on the docket for Holly Pond is two-time defending-champion West Point. The top-two seeds will kick off Championship Saturday at 1 p.m.

Kusz, who's coached this bunch of Bronco boys since the seventh grade, called the Warriors his team's “bugaboo.” Over that time, the Green and White are 0-5 against their county rival. Three of those contests were decided by single digits, including both matchups this season. West Point won by four points at home and seven at Holly Pond.

From John Welborn (middle school) to Jimmy Harbison (ninth-grade) to Scott Brown (junior varsity) to Randy Jones (varsity), Kusz said he considers the Warriors “about the best-coached group of boys.”

“When they get to the next level, they're not having to relearn new plays,” Kusz said of West Point. “They have a set pattern, and they're very fundamental. You look at their JV, they've won three in a row. Then their ninth-grade team's won several in a row. We've got our work cut out for us big time.”

 

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 138 or at robk@cullmantimes.com.

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