If you can only watch one basketball game this season, make it this one.

Honaker and George Wythe will be putting in work tonight at 7:45 p.m. at Roanoke College’s Cregger Center.

The teams are evenly matched, mirror images of one another.

Both have an excellent starting five and both like to push the pace.

With the Tigers averaging 86 points per game and the Maroons are putting up 74 points per game, this one should be a high-scoring, high-flying affair.

“I think watching Honaker is like watching us play,” said George Wythe coach Pat Burns. “They have players that can shoot, score, handle and pass offensively and they play hard defensively. I have nothing but respect for them and they’re a pleasure to watch play.”

Not many people would have expected the Maroons to be here this year. GW lost four seniors from last year’s state runner-up squad (losing a heartbreaker to Radford). But here they are. So far they’ve lost only to Radford – a Class 2 school nowadays – Grayson County and Christiansburg.

Led by seniors Noah Atwood and Jake Martin, the Maroons get solid play from junior Josh Reeves and sophomores Ty Farrow and Avery Mabe.

Honaker is led by Grayson Honaker, Brett Boyd, Hartley Hilton, Brandon Sample and Blake Stinson, all of whom average more than 10 points per game. So far this year, Honaker has lost only to John Battle, Union, Wise Central and Eastside.

Honaker last won a state title in 1924. The Tigers did clinch second in 2015. GW finished second in 2017 and won the title in 2008.

The winner of the GW-Honaker battle will take on the winner of the Eastside-Covington matchup.

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