Benton opens up play in the DTHC this afternoon

The Benton Rangers open up play in the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville today, facing Cissna Park at 3:30 in the auxiliary gym, and Greenville at 8:30 in Duster Thomas Gym.

Cissna Park (Enrollment 99) is between Champaign and Kankakee.  They have a record of 5-3  They have a “will play anyone” attitude.  They just came out  the St. Joseph Odgen invitational, 4-1, which is made up of 2A and 3A schools.

Benton Coach Ron Winemiller had this to say about Cissna Park. “There are two different styles of teams we play tomorrow. Cissna part is very big and relies on pounding the ball into their 6’7 Sophomores.We will have our hands full keeping them away from the basket and also not getting crushed on the offensive back board.” 

Greenville plays in the South Central Conference.  They have a record of 5-5.  They faced a couple of teams from this area in the Carlyle Kaskaskian Classic.  They were defeated by Pinckneyville 64-43, and Woodlawn 43-40.  Coach Winemiller had a few comments about Greenville coming into tonight’s game,”Greenville is a little more like us. They don’t have great team size but they are very aggressive at the defensive and offensive end. They will try to create offense with their defense.”

“Coach Cantrell and Coach Long are 2 guys I have known for a long time and we look forward to competing against them in Pinckenyville.”

The pairings for the championship round will not be available until all the pool play games are completed.  I will share them as soon as possible.

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