It is the game that many people around the state of North Carolina are talking about, as two of the top teams in the state matchup for a chance to play in the championship game. No. 1 seed Southwest Guilford (30-0) takes on No. 2 seed Cox Mill (28-2) on Saturday, in what may be the biggest game of the season, especially considering what is on the line.
These two teams have the pedigree of winning state championships and they also have some of the premier talents in the state. They will all be on display at Lenoir-Rhyne’s Shuford Gymnasium in Hickory.
What makes this game so exciting and alluring? It has to be the stars, the experience, and history that surrounds these two programs.
Southwest Guilford is a senior-led program that uses a balanced attack on both ends of the floor and a team that knows how to score the basketball. Coming in, Southwest has five players that average double figures, helping the Cowboys average 83.1 points per game.
The Langley brothers (Keyshaun and Kobe) will look to lead the charge for the Cowboys, as both UNCG signees are averaging double figures this season (Keyshawn 13.4ppg, Kobe 11.6ppg). This will certainly be the Cowboys toughest test so far in the playoffs, as they have won their first four games by an average of 38 points.
Cox Mill also brings in firepower as well, with five starters all being seniors just like Southwest. The Chargers are led by Duke signee Wendell Moore, who comes in averaging 25.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He certainly will be a focal point for the offense and a key player to try to slow down, or at least make things difficult, for the Cowboys. But don’t forget Charlotte commit Caleb Stone-Carrawell, who brings size, skill, and a sharp-shooter mentality with his ability to rise up and knock down three’s (averaging 17.1ppg). Add on top of that the experience and speed of Cody Cline, and the scoring ability of Khalid Davis, the Chargers will be ready and focused.
It is the game that everyone has been talking about and the game that everyone wanted. What makes this even more intriguing is the fact that it will come in the regional finals. One team will have a chance to compete for a championship and the other, their season will be over.
Get out there early because this game will fill to capacity early but also, get a chance to see some of the top talents around the state and two of the top teams in North Carolina continue to compete for a championship.