Girls' basketball: Checking in with Brea Olinda Coach Jeff Sink before TOC championship
The title game in the Joe Smith division at the Nike Tournament of Champions this evening between two of the top-ranked teams in the nation, Brea Olinda and Long Beach Poly, could come down to a question of styles -- namely, athleticism vs. finesse.
Brea is a smart team that relies on technique and fundamentals. Poly is a strong, tall, speedy team, that's 10 players deep.
The teams played earlier this month at the Ladycat Classic and Brea won, 60-53. But tonight's circumstances will be different.
"The question will be how tired we are," said Brea Coach Jeff Sink. "The game last night against Bolingbrook was amazing -- double overtime, a lot of stress, we are fatigued."
Brea, ranked No. 2 in the nation, defeated No. 3 Bolingbrook (Ill.), 59-54, in double overtime on Tuesday. "That was probably the best game of my career," Sink said.
The Jackrabbits, however, are most likely just as tired after upsetting Mater Dei, the top-ranked team in the nation, 61-56, on Tuesday.
More than anything, tonight's game in Chandler, Ariz. at 6 p.m. PST will come down to who wants it more.