BREWER – Wednesday night, the heated Hampden and Brewer rivalry will play out in the Class A semifinals. The trio at the core of Brewer’s offense feels like they have what it takes to knock off the top team in A North after falling shore in the regular season.
When Hampden and Brewer meet for third time this season, Wednesday night in Augusta, there is more than bragging rights at stake. “It’s a rivalry, we don’t like each other when we get on the court, it gets interesting, there’s some talking on the court, there’s some talking off the court,”said sophomore guard Aaron Newcomb.
The Broncos have gotten to do the talking so far this season. Hampden won both meetings this season; winning in December by twelve points, but winning by just one point in January. Brewer will try for its first win against the broncos when it counts the most, with a trip to the Class A North final on the line.
“I think we have a really good mentality this time around, I think we have a lot more confidence than we did last time and I think that’s a big help,” said senior captain Trevor Pearson.
Unlike the game in January, the Witches will have all three of their leaders on the floor against Hampden on Wednesday. Junior Dylan Huff has since rejoined Newcomb and Pearson after a foot injury in December cost him half the season. “It’s definitely different being on the bench watching the people you’re playing with all the time, you don’t see as much as you see on the bench, so it was kind of cool seeing that, and then once I got back I just knew what to do immediately,” said Huff.
The bond between the three has grown stronger than ever this season, and the chemistry on and off the court is the core of Brewer’s success. “It’s been so much better than any of the other years, baseball or basketball, just getting along as a team, the team chemistry’s been great, we go out to eat all the time, we went out to eat after practice today, so it’s just been so much fun and obviously winning helps a lot to make that more enjoyable,” said Pearson.
The next loss ends the season for either team, and Brewer’s next loss ends Pearson’s career with the Witches basketball team; adding even more motivation for the Brewer captain.
“I don’t want to look back and think we left something out there, that we didn’t give our best, that’s the mindset, play our hardest, play our game and see if we can win,” said Pearson.