Posted On: 01/16/19 9:23 AM

It’s always the game of the week when these two Chesapeake rivals meet, but in the past three games this rivalry has gone to another level. Each of the games have been competitive, and with the success of the two teams recently it has had major impacts on the district, region and state standings.

This year was no different, as Smith came in at 11-1 and traveled to Branch who was 9-1, with their only loss coming on a buzzer beater at Smith in their first meeting. The game got out to a fast start, especially for Smith who pressed early and pushed the tempo on the offensive end. The Tigers got out to an early lead, going up 6 at the end of the first, but the Bruins battled back behind their veteran leader Kendall Bynum and the student section. Smith went into halftime up 31-27.

The third quarter was a little bit of a stall for both teams, but the eventual stars in Oscar Smith senior Briquan Harrell and Western Branch senior Demarcus Sheppard both started to step up. They took over the game in the second half, and both battled back and forth with each other as

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