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WOODSIDE, Del. (WBOC) - From the stands, students chanted, "I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win." It is a sentiment they certainly believe at Polytech High School.

The Panthers boys basketball team is taking on Salesianum Saturday in the state championship at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware campus.

The school had a pep rally Friday to give an extra boost to the team.

Jankiel Drane is a junior and a part of the sixth man. He helped psych his classmates up.

"Today, we came in here to try to get the Polytech team hyped for tomorrow's game against the Sallies," he said.

"We have so much school spirit this year. It's like so overwhelming. But it's like such a good feeling," said Shelby Shelton, a senior. "We support our team no matter what - win or lose. I just can't wait to see them perform."

All of the cheering was aimed at the boys taking the court Saturday. They say so much Panther pride feels pretty good.

"Today's been hectic," said Ricky Hicks, the team's point guard. "People are coming up to you saying, 'Congratulations, go and win a state championship.' It's just great having so many fans.

"Everybody is behind us. They're supporting us, telling us bring a championship back home. It's just a great feeling to have that," Juwan Gray, small forward for the Panthers, said.

Winning wouldn't just be huge for Polytech but every school in lower Delaware. The last time a school from Kent or Sussex county won the state boys basketball championship was nearly two decades ago. Seaford won in 1997.

Coach John Pierce says you could hear the support for downstate at the semi-final game Thursday.

"There were a lot of cheers for downstate. There were a lot of downstate cheers. We're happy to be in the position we are now."

That position is one that could put another championship up on the wall behind the gym stands at Polytech.

Wicomico High plays Friday night at 9 p.m. in College Park in the 2A state semifinals. If they win, they'll play Saturday for the championship at 6 p.m. again in College Park.

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