Austin East @ Fulton (12/12)

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Brandon Lopez (Austin East) and Travai Pryor (Austin East) appear to be ready.

The above twosome look intent in the accompaning picture as they prepare for a district 3AA clash with defending AA state champion Fulton.

Those in East Tennessee know that no rivalry brings out the fans, the communities and the people like the AE/Fulton clash.

This year will be no different.

Beside Lopez and Pryor, the Roadrunners are playing well behind the steady play of Chase Jones (Austin East), the improved play of his twin brother Chance Jones (Austin East) and the emergence of the fifth starter Jamal Lundy (Austin East).

Over on the Fulton side the Falcons know when it is time to step up and they know AE is that time. James Gallman (Fulton) will lead the Falcons as they welcome their neighbor to the South. The MTSU signee knows everyone in the state is gunning for their crown, especially those guys in East Knoxville.

Jalen Steele (Fulton) has emerged as a must have recruit with his blend of sharp-shooting and smooth effectiveness.

The key to the Fulton success this season will be the emergence of Robert Boyd (Fulton) outfront.

The lengthy rising junior will be key for Coach Jody Wright as he assumes the point guard duties; as well as, his assignment of the defensive side of the ball.

This game always produces some of the best finishes and helps both tems understand state tourney intensity and atmosphere right here at home.

A must see people.