The 2009-10 regular season is in the books and this week every team in the South Piedmont Conference (SPC)has new life for at least one tournament game.
Both Spiders teams look like the team to beat as they won the regular season races again in dominating fashion.
The Concord boys’ (17-6, 13-1) suffered their first SPC loss in nearly three seasons, but still go into the tournament as the team to beat. The Concord girls’ (19-5, 14-0) are perfect in the SPC and are looking to win the conference for the third year in a row.
While the Spiders are the favorites on both sides, Concord will have to prove their supremacy on the court for three consecutive days in front of what should be a packed house.
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For most of the last decade, Concord has dominated the SPC. This year hasn't looked much different. It would be hard to imagine another team winning the SPC tournament.
The Ragin' Bulls were the first county team in three seasons to beat Concord, but have had puzzling losses to lesser teams. Hickory Ridge will be as dangerous as junior guard Quinton Wimbish in the postseason.
The Wonders have been hard to predict with big wins and big losses in conference play. But Brown, with an experienced backcourt duo in Jacques Deese and Tevin Jones, has the talent and experience to make a run both this week and beyond.
The Vikings are as improved as any team in the league. If Central's young backcourt can get hot, the Vikings could be a major surprise in the postseason.
The Trojans should have a lot to play for with a postseason berth in the balance. Northwest Cabarrus is one of the league's most balanced scoring teams, but needs someone to step forward to make a run.
Jay M. Robinson
The Bulldogs have the talent to make a run, especially if star guard Elijah Hampton gets hot and gets help from his teammates.
Mount Pleasant and Cox Mill
Both teams have struggled to compete this year in conference play and playing the top two teams should make for a short stay in the SPC tournament.
Concord has been nearly flawless in the SPC in the last three seasons at 39-2. The Spiders have all the talent to do it again with Nyshia Hammonds and Jhemelia Edwards leading the charge.
Jay M. Robinson
The Bulldogs have struggled against Concord and lost their last game to Hickory Ridge. This week, Robinson hopes to make up for those losses.
The Ragin' Bulls have had a great season but struggled against just the top teams.. But a win against Robinson to end the season will give Hickory Ridge momentum going into the tournament.
A.L. Brow n
Despite being one of the youngest teams in the league, the Wonders have held their own against most teams. But Brown has not beaten anyone in the top 3 in the SPC. Beating Concord, Jay M. Robinson or Hickory Ridge will be their goal this week.
The Trojans have struggled against the better teams in the SPC. With a balanced scoring attack that can be unpredictable, Northwest hopes to steal a playoff spot.
Mount Pleasant, Central Cabarrus and Cox Mill
All three teams have combined for just a handful of wins all season. Winning a game here would be a major upset.