2017-02-17 / Sports

Gaffney set to do battle with Generals

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Don't expect the Gaffney boys basketball team to get overconfident after beating opening round playoff opponent Nation Ford by 20 points.

Gaffney coach Mark Huff said the Indians must quickly move on from that game and focus on a “very talented” Wade Hampton team that features a pair of all-state players, senior guard Luke Brenegan and 6-5 Will Edwards.

The 6-foot-2 Brenegan averages 20.3 points and four assists. Edwards averages 16 points and just under 10 rebounds.

The Generals (22-2) routed Woodmont, 81-53 and Gaffney (19-5) topped Nation Ford 85-65 on Wednesday to set up this big second round playoff matchup on Saturday.

Gaffney coach Mark Huff said the Generals center their offense around their stars.

“They put Luke (Brenegan) and Will (Edwards) in a lot of pick and roll and post up Will,” Huff said.

Brenegan is an excellent outside shooter, Huff said.

Defensively, the Generals like to play a matchup zone, a defense the Indians have faced a lot this season.

“They are very well coached,” Huff said. “They won’t beat themselves.”

Gaffney shot 50 percent from the field in the win over Nation Ford. Huff said the Indians must shoot well again to beat the Generals.

Bradley Childers has been hot lately, scoring a team-high 24 points, including 18 in the first half, on Wednesday. Childers was particularly effective driving to the hoop.

“Bradley got us off to a good start,” Huff said.

Although Wade Hampton will be playing at home, Huff said the Indians can minimize that advantage with a big crowd.

The game will tip at 7 p.m. The winner will play the survivor of Spartanburg and T.L. Hanna.

If the Indians and Spartanburg win, Gaffney would host that game.

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