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February 13, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Braves look to recover against rival Clarksville

New Albany goes to Bedford for HHC finale; Jeff has tough double weekend

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Clarksville-Borden has really turned into a nice rivalry of late.

The Generals and Braves have been competitive with each other for years, but for most of the past few decades, neither team was very good. Both programs being good at the same time was even more rare.

The past three years, the good Braves and Generals teams have played thrillers. After a Clarksville’s 54-50 win in 2010, Borden has beaten the Generals in overtime the past two seasons.

This season, Clarksville enters at 14-4 and ranked sixth in Class 2A. Borden is 14-3 and No. 9 in Class A as the two sides prepare to meet on Friday.

“We have two good teams going at it again,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “It should be a good one again on Friday night.”

While Clarksville has rolled in having won eight of its last nine (the only loss being a tough road loss against 3A No. 4 Brownstown Central last week), Borden comes in wounded.

The Braves had their five-game winning streak snapped at home by a 7-11 Springs Valley club on Saturday.

“We’re going to bounce back,” Borden coach Doc Nash reassured. “Our kids, we’ve gotten better this week. Games like that are going to happen when you’re dealing with kids. Our seniors have fought back and have had some really good days of practice.”

After hosting Clarksville on Friday, the Braves close with two games they should win — at West Washington on Feb. 19 and at Salem on Feb. 22.

The following week comes the sectional, which Borden will try to win for the third time in six years. As much as the Clarksville rivalry has grown, that’s what really matters to Nash and the Braves.

“I look for a good showing, whether we win or not,” Nash said of Friday’s game. “If we lose to Clarksville, the sun is going to rise Monday morning in Borden. Our focus is getting better every day and trying to be playing our best in two weeks.”

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