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Jamestown boys to take on New Bloomfield

Jamestown boys to take on New Bloomfield

December 8th, 2016 by Carter Mulvihill in Sports Prep

Jamestown knows what it's up against when it takes on New Bloomfield Dec. 17 at the Capital City Shootout.

The Eagles watched last weekend as the Wildcats were crowned champions at the Tipton Tournament after notching close wins against Chamois and then Smithton in the title game.

Jamestown, meanwhile, took third in the tournament. The Eagles fell by three to Smithton in the semifinals before upending Chamois in the third-place game.

Both teams boast plenty of talent, particularly in their respective junior and sophomore classes, but the marquee individual matchup on the floor will feature Jamestown's Trenton Barbour against New Bloomfield's Jak Kitchens.

The pair of versatile juniors both stand at 6-foot-5 and can score from just about anywhere inside halfcourt.

"I'm looking forward to it," Barbour said. "Jak played AAU ball with me this summer. He's a really good ball player. He can score in multiple different ways. He's tough, we've battled freshman and sophomore year. This will be the third time we've faced each other and it's going to be a good matchup."

With both teams building an identity defensively around an aggressive fullcourt press, it figures to be an up-and-down game. The Eagles, fresh off Tuesday's 64-28 win against Russellville, have been at their best this season when they've attacked on both ends of the floor.

They key for Jamestown will be staying aggressive without picking up too many fouls.

"You just have to be focused and know that there's pressure on to not get those fouls," Jamestown junior Garrett Wolfe said.

Wolfe and fellow junior guard Austin Flippin have racked up their share of steals in the early going as they've helped Jamestown to a 4-2 mark.

"Coach (Seth) Thomas has our back too," Flippin said. "He basically tells you that if you're tired, he'll move you further back in the lineup to where you can keep going."