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Hanford and Richland basketball premiere on SWX

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Tuesday night on SWX features a great cross-town double-header. Richland Bombers boys and girls basketball will host the Hanford Falcons.

Last season the Hanford boys were 9-12. This season they are off to an early 1-1 start. The Falcons lost four seniors off of last year's team, and have just an eight-man squad. The Falcons say there is always that extra motivation when you play a local rival.

"Honest answer is yes it does. It's a big game for us. You know I don't know how they feel about it, but it's just an opportunity to do well in a rivalry game and it means a lot to us," said Paul Mayer, Hanford head coach.

"Besides bragging rights it is something for us to build on. It would be a huge win for us," said Bear Braich, senior guard.

"We like circle this game on our calendar. This is the game we want," said Jalen Watson, junior guard.

What about if they lose? 

"Oh man, that's not going to happen," Watson said.