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January 30, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Bulldogs get shot to avenge 30-point loss to Pioneers

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NEW ALBANY — Over the years, New Albany has had its way with Providence.

Leading into last February’s rivaly game, the Buldogs had beaten the Pioneers 12 of the previous 13 years.

All of that changed last year. In a big way.

Now, instead of Providence trying to prove it belongs on the same court with the Bulldogs, it’s New Albany that has to rebound from a 50-20 walloping — the worst in series history.

In last year’s loss, New Albany made just seven field goals and went 3-for-12 from the free throw line. The Bulldogs trailed 13-2 after one quartr and 27-5 at the half.

New Albany coach Jim Shannon hopes his team will respond positively when the Bulldogs hosts Providence in the Game of the Week.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” he said. “We won’t know until we get out there and play. Last year, New Albany outplayed us. We didn’t score any points. We gave up points. It was a good old fashion whipping. I think the kids will come out and not want to be embarrassed again.”

This year, the rivalry shifts back to the Doghouse, where Shannon believes his team will have an advantage.

“I think it will be a totally different atmosphere,” Shannon said. “I think last year, Providence was fired up to play it and I don’t think — for some reason — we really were.”

Shannon knows that for his 8-6 team to avenge last year’s loss, it will have to battle with the 13-2 Pioneers on the boards.

“They’re a good team going to the offensive boards. We can’t give them second shots. Their three insiders are better than anyone around,” Shannon said of George Knott, Ryan Pickerrell and Dalton Duley. “Nobody [in the area] has three kids with that kind of size who can play. That’s their strength. We know that. But you can know their strength and still have a tough time stopping them.”

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