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Glynn Academy players secure a rebound against Brunswick High last season.

Christmas vacation is ending for Glynn County Schools with one of the most anticipated sports matchups of the basketball season: Game 1 of the city championship.

The gymnasium at Brunswick High will be packed on both sides of the basketball court when the Pirates host Glynn Academy (8-5, 1–0), with a tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

Brunswick coach Chris Turner said both teams have experienced players and the game should be competitive.

There won’t be a home-court advantage from a crowd support perspective, but it will still be nice to play a home game after playing two tournaments on the road over the holidays.

“We’d rather play at home because we’ve been on the road five or six games,” he said. “As far as the crowd, they’ll bring as many fans as we do. It’s the biggest game of the year.”

It’s also the biggest game of the year for players who look forward to playing their crosstown rivals each year.

“To the players, it means a little more to them,” he said. “We expect to see Glynn Academy’s best game.”

Glynn Academy head basketball coach Terrance Haywood said he has had the opportunity to watch several Brunswick games in person this season. He said he was not surprised to see a typical high-quality Brunswick team.

Haywood said his experienced squad (9-5, 1-1) matches up well with the Pirates.

The two regular-season games are the most anticipated of the year because of the stakes and the crowd.

“It’s such a big rivalry between the two schools,” Haywood said. “The community makes this a big deal. This is the biggest crowd these kids will play in front of.”

While it’s considered a road game, it won’t feel like it for Red Terrors fans. Haywood said the crowd noise will be comparable for both teams, but the Pirates will still have the advantage of playing in a familiar gymnasium.

“We’ll still be on the road, but it doesn’t feel like it,” he said. “I think we match up pretty good.”

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