Although both games were very different, the themes were the same: the pure talent of Greensboro Dudley (28-3) and Kernersville Glenn (26-5) prevailed over the fundamentals and heart of Jacksonville (20-8) and South Johnston (26-6).
Like the gnat that just won't die, no matter the score both Jacksonville and South Johnston hung in their respective games, but with different methods. The Cardinals frustrated Glenn with second chance opportunities (18 offensive rebounds) and forcing turnovers (31), while the Trojans kept the game at a fast pace, took charges, and made shots from beyond the arc (eight total).
"Bottom line, we'll take the ‘W,'" stated Glenn head coach Lee Reavis. "Jacksonville did some things to us with the changing of defenses. They are a fundamentally sound team, very well coached, and they have a never say die attitude."
With help from their star players, both Glenn and Dudley led from the get-go of their respective games. For the Bobcats, Eric Wallace recorded 20 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Zalinor Banks added 12 points. The dynamic duo from Dudley both posted double-doubles (William Graves 20 points, 13 rebounds and Kevin Swinton 24 points and 12 rebounds).
Heavyweights will battle again
Despite slight scares, Dudley-Glenn IV will take place this Saturday at 5:00.
"We're happy to be playing Glenn," remarked Dudley head coach David Price. "My thing was when people asked me if I would like to play Glenn again, I'd say yea I'd love to play them again because if I play them again that means we won tonight."
Currently the season series stands at 2-1 Dudley, with Glenn taking the last game – the Piedmont Triad 3-A Conference final – 81-74. The Panthers won the first game easily 76-56, but had to come from behind to defeat the Bobcats 90-84 in the second game.
"Whatever we did the first two times we don't want to do that again," laughed Glenn head coach Lee Reavis. "Dudley is unbelievable with Kevin [Swinton] and Will [Graves] on their team. Their guards are knocking down shots for them now. We need to contest shots and limit second chance shots."
Despite seeing a turn in momentum in the series towards Glenn, Dudley plans to stick with the system that has gotten them this far.
"I have been coaching a long time and every ball game we played we scout the teams," explained Price. "We play that game over and over with my assistant coaches and talk strategy, but every time everybody comes and has got to do what they do best. We're going to play man; it's what we do best.
"They aren't going to play us man, they'll probably play that 1-2-2 zone," Price added.
The 2005 Carolina's All-Star Basketball Classic roster was announced today with one name noticeably missing: Wake Forest commit and Scout.com four-star recruit Kevin Swinton.
"I've seen a whole lot of the best players in the state not get selected," stated Dudley head coach David Price. "I talked to them and I talked to Kevin about it. We're just trying to stay focused right now and try to win a championship."
The Carolina's All-Star Basketball Classic pits the best from South Carolina against the "best" from North Carolina. The game will take place March 18th in Rock Hill.