STOP DWI Preview: Binghamton vs. Union-Endicott

By wbng sports

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The STOP DWI Holiday Classic tips off later this week.

And the host Binghamton Patriots are looking to take home the Regional Division 1 title.

The Patriots say they're excited to be back playing in the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena because it's like a playoff atmosphere.

This year's team is led by returning starters KJ Rose and Jamie Curtis and senior Andre Yevchinez.

They're a very athletic team and try to pressure their opponents on both sides of the floor.

"We really want to play full court, play good pressure defense and try to make it a full court game," says head coach Dave Springer.

"That's all we do in practice is defense and transition and stuff like that and I love this team. I mean I grew up with these kids before I moved to Endicott and they're like a family to me," says guard KJ Rose.

After dropping their first conference game of the season, the Patriots have been on a roll, winning 4 straight games by an average of nearly 28 points per game.

The Patriots first round opponent is the Union-Endicott Tigers.

And much like their opponents, the Tigers like to play an up-tempo game.

The Tigers don't have a ton of size down low, so they rely heavily on their guards.

And the up-tempo style suits them just fine.

"Since we have a lot of guards, we pressure the ball a lot which creates a lot of steals and fast break points," says guard CJ Krowiak.

"It's a benefit because it's more their game play..fast tempo, move the ball up court. That's how CJ and Osama play their game so it benefits the players and their styles," says forward Rob Malvasio

The Tigers are 3 and 2 on the season so far.

They'll take on the host Patriots on Friday as the nightcap of day one of the tournament.

Game time is slated for 7:30.

Along with being a tournament game, this will also count as a STAC division game for both teams.

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