The Buchholz Bobcats (0-3) travel to Gainesville High School on Friday night to take on the Gainesville Hurricanes (2-0) in boy’s basketball action.
Gainesville Hurricanes Perspective
The Gainesville Hurricanes have started their season off strong. The team beat P.K. Yonge 57-52 and Ocala Forest 69-68. Gainesville plays Starke tonight and Buchholz tomorrow. Head coach Kelly Beckham said he doesn’t think playing back to back games will affect the team. Beckham said he’s impressed with the way the team has competed so far in both the preseason and regular season games.
When it comes down to local rival games, Beckham said season records don’t really matter. He said he expects Buchholz to come out strong on Friday night, regardless of their 0-3 record. He also talked about how important it is to the players to win match ups against city rivals like the Bobcats.
Bobcats Off to a Slow Start
The Bobcats have lost their first three regular season games against P.K. Yonge to open the season, followed by back to back losses against Fleming Island and Ocala Forest. The fact that the Gainesville Hurricanes have already beaten two of those teams doesn’t bode well for the Bobcats for their upcoming match up.
Tough loss tonight for the Bobcats.
— Buchholz Basketball (@352BHSbobcat) December 1, 2016
Head coach Bob Horodyski said the team is struggling due to a lack of experience and lack of having a true point guard. He said the team will try to have less turnovers in the game on Friday which has been an issue for them in the first few games.
Though the rivalry against Gainesville is important, the team’s focus is on its own game. Horodyski said the team will focus on getting better. They’ll try not to worry about what Gainesville will come out and do on Friday night.