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January 30, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Aggies win coin toss, earn area hosting rights

CULLMAN — Fairview’s boys basketball team will host the Class 4A, Area 13 tournament after winning a coin toss with Locust Fork on Wednesday morning.

Both teams finished area play with identical 4-2 records and split its two regular season meetings to set up the tiebreaker. Hornet coach Brannon Smith earned the right to choose heads or tails after beating Aggie coach Greg Boatright in a contest of who could guess the closest previously chosen number between one and 10.

Boatright had the last laugh just a few seconds later, however, when Smith incorrectly guessed the call.

“No doubt,” the coach said of being happy the coin landed in Fairview’s favor. “We get to play on our own floor, and we don’t have to travel.

The Aggies (19-8) will take on No. 4 Saint Clair County next Friday, while Locust Fork will face off with Oneonta. Each area champion and runner-up will advance to sub-region play.

Before Fairview can worry about postseason play, Boatright said the squad needs to “get its ducks in a row” during its last few regular season games. After storming through Good Hope, Hanceville and West Point to win the Cullman County Tournament this past Saturday, the Aggies have lost consecutive contests to top-notch opponents Cold Springs and No. 7 Holly Pond.

“It takes a lot out of you when you go through a week like that and then everybody is after you,” Boatright said. “I’m glad we’re playing these tough teams right now, though.”

Fairview was back at it in practice on Wednesday working on improving team chemistry and being more dynamic in preparation for today’s rematch with the Warriors. The coach is confident the Purple and Gold can rebound from their recent struggles in time for the playoffs.

“I have faith in these boys. They’ll get their minds back right,” he said. “We just have to regroup and get back to playing the way we know how to play.”



% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at robk@cullmantimes.com.

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