(WBNG Binghamton) The 2012 Mirabito STOP DWI Holiday Classic tips off on Friday, December 28th at 11:15 am as the Maine-Endwell Spartans take on last year's regional champion Norwich.
The Spartans, who have several players from the football state championship team, are a close knit group that can do a little bit of everything.
"I think it's playing together, that's when we'll be at our best. I mean we're big, we've got kids that can shoot, we've got kids that can defend. We do a little bit of everything but putting these things together within a team concept is what will allow us to do well," says head coach Bill Ocker.
"We've got guys over 6 foot, a bunch of them that can do everything. They're versatile. We've got shooters that can shoot, when you give them a chance so to take away one thing, we've got another thing to come after them," says guard Stephen Eggleston.
The Spartans are 4 and 1 on the season so far.
The Norwich Purple Tornado are coming off a season in which they won the Class B and the STOP DWI Regional titles.
And they return many of the players from last year's team.
The key to the Purple Tornado's success is the play of guard Kyle Edwards, who was named to the All-Metro and All-State teams last season.
The Tornado lack size in the post, but that fits right in with their fast play and tough full court man to man defense.
"We do like to push the tempo against teams that do have the big guys that take a little bit longer to get up and down the court so we like to push it as much as we can...definitely," says guard Kyle Edwards.
"We like to play up and down and just try to play really fast and we like to shoot a lot of 3s so we're an enjoyable team to watch," says head coach Brian Collier.
The Purple Tornado are coming off their first loss of the season, a 6 point setback at Johnson City Friday night.