STOP DWI: Susquehanna Valley vs. Vestal Preview

By wbng sports

December 23, 2012 Updated Dec 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Here's a look at both the Vestal and Susquehanna Valley boys basketball teams as they will face each other in the first round of the Mirabito STOP DWI Holiday Classic.

Susquehanna Valley has a great deal of experience, returning 4 starters from last year's team.

Two of those returners are at the guard position, the other two are the twin towers down low, both post players are 6 foot 8.

Players and coaches say the two work well with one another, and that makes them a dangerous team on offense.

"It's definitely a combination of both. We look in to our big men and our big men look out to us. We don't care who scores as long as we win," says guard Colin Manchester.

"We do not talk about points at all. Last year, that was a big thing on our team that nobody cared who was successful. We just cared about us and I think that's been our message," says head coach Mark Ward.

The Sabers are coming off a tough 6 point win on the road against fellow Regional Division 2 team Chenango Valley.

The Vestal Golden Bears are a guard oriented team that's led by 3 year starter Nick Mushalla.

The Golden Bears like to get out in transition and run, but can also slow it down in the half court and shoot from long range.

While they have a good offense, the key for the Golden Bears starts on the other end of the floor, and they have no problem using a press, or playing stout half court defense.

"We like to mix it up a little bit, depending on what the opponent offers. We certainly will press some, play a little zone, play a little man, whatever is working best," says head coach Rob Carr.

"We'll mix it up a lot. We'll sometimes out of a time out, we'll press them but most of the time, it's just half court," says forward Luke Riesbeck.

Vestal, coming off a tough triple overtime loss to Horseheads on the road, will take on Susquehanna Valley on Saturday, December 29th at 11:15 am.

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