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Girls' basketball: Checking in with Brea Olinda Coach Jeff Sink before TOC championship

December 22, 2010 |  5:08 pm

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. 

--Melissa Rohlin