BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater-Raritan High School's boys basketball team will be counting on a pair of sharp-shooting guards with experience to help offset the team's lack of interior height.

The Panthers' season tips off at home against Watchung Hills Friday night at 7 p.m.

Bridgewater-Raritan went 20-8 last season and will have its starting backcourt of seniors Aaron Gao and Sterling White back intact. The two guards combined for an average of more than 28 points a game last season, and BRHS will again be looking for lots of scoring from the backcourt with no one on the roster taller than 6-foot-2.

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Gao, who is 6-2, averaged 14.8 points and 3.1 assists last year. White, although standing just an even 6 feet, hit the boards for nearly six rebounds a game to go with a 13.4 ppg. scoring average.

"(Those two) can score, but are they and the Class of 2018 ready to do all the little things behind the scenes that contribute to a winning team," said Gene McAteer, the Panthers' head coach in his 10th season. "

Bridgewater-Raritan's Skyland Conference schedule is a tough one, and tougher still is that BRHS resides in the ultra-competitive Section 2, Group 4 when the state tournament rolls around. The Panthers figure to be there, as they have enjoyed seven consecutive winning seasons, but dealing with the likes of Linden, Newark East Side, Columbia, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Ridge, Millburn, Union and others will be a tall task.

12/15 (H) Watchung Hills, 7 p.m.
12/19 (A) Hillsborough, 7 p.m.
12/21 (H) Ridge, 7 p.m.
12/27 (A) Montgomery, 6 p.m.
12/29 (A) Medford Tech @ Montgomery HS, 2 p.m.
1/4 (H) Rutgers Prep, 7 p.m.