POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Sports Team 27 went to Poland for this week’s Game of the Week between the Poland and Struthers boys basketball teams.
Poland and Struthers had been anxiously awaiting Friday night’s game for the last three weeks, because their first meeting went into overtime. Poland got away with a 1 point win on Jan. 3.
Here’s what two players had to say before Friday’s game.
“It’s definitely hard to beat someone twice. First of all, it’s a rivalry game. Second of all, we are both tied in the league right now. So, whoever wins this game would have a pretty good shot of taking first place in the league. That’s obviously our first goal of the year so far,” said Poland senior Michael Cougras.
“Oh yeah, we think it means a lot. Just like a respect thing always, seeing as though we came so close last time. We just want to get it back and prove that we are what we can be. Everybody kinda felt a little more hype this year. Great atmosphere and to fall short of something kinda sticks with you. So, getting this one back is something that we’d really like to have moving forward to build off of, I think,” said Struthers junior Trey Metzka.
Due to technical issues, the first few minutes of the game were not recorded.