For the last five seasons, the Concord boys' basketball team has dominated the South Piedmont Conference (SPC), winning the regular season and tournament titles in every year.
This season wasn't much different, as the Spiders did it again while proving to be one of the best 3A teams in North Carolina. They reached the regional semifinals, where they lost to Hickory 95-82.
But Concord got a serious challenge from the rest of the SPC, especially from Hickory Ridge and Northwest Cabarrus as both teams beat Concord in the regular season.
The Trojans finished second in the conference, while the Ragin' Bulls were third.
Meanwhile, A.L. Brown and Central Cabarrus also had solid seasons in what turned out to be one of the most talented leagues in the state.
"The (SPC) is one of the best conferences in the state every year," said Concord basketball coach Scott Brewer. "A lot of people think it's easy for us, but we are the hunted all the time, we get everybody's best shot every game."
While Concord cruised through most of the SPC, First Assembly had similar success in the Metrolina Athletic Conference (MAC). While the Eagles had a standout season, at 26-3, they finished second in the conference behind Northside Christian.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Jacquise Moore, Concord
Jacquise Moore became the winningest player in Spider history, finishing his career with 105 victories.
Moore, an all-SPC selection, was the driving offensive and defensive force on the league's and one of the state's best teams.
The senior averaged 16 points to go along with nearly five assists and six steals a game.
While Moore and company didn't win it all, they went 25-4 overall (12-2 SPC) before falling in the regional semifinal.
Brewer said Moore will go down in Concord history as one of the top players, with the likes of former stars Ishua Benjamin and Dee Bost.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Daniel Jenkins, Northwest Cabarrus
Northwest Cabarrus spent most of the season under the radar, but coach Daniel Jenkins and his Trojan team, who beat Concord 85-78 at home, were right on the Spiders' heels all season.
Northwest Cabarrus, which finished 19-9 overall, including 11-3 in SPC play, surprised many to prove they were one of the best teams in the SPC. The Trojans, which finished second in the conference, advanced to the third round of the playoffs before losing 69-68 to West Rowan on a last-second 3-pointer.
All-Cabarrus News boys' basketball first team
Jacquise Moore, Concord: Senior proved to be one of the best offensive/defensive players in state.
Kendall Knorr, Concord: Junior guard was one of Spiders' top scorers with 14 a game.
L.C. Cooks, Central Cabarrus: Junior is a scoring-machine, leading the conference with 23 points per game.
Ameer Jackson, Northwest Cabarrus: Senior point guard (18 ppg) was driving force behind Trojan success.
Chad Frazier, First Assembly: Senior guard led talented Eagles with 19 points a game.
All-Cabarrus News boys' basketball second team
Teven Jones, A.L. Brown: Big-time scorer (18 ppg) was Wonders' sparkplug.
Codi Miller-McIntyre, First Assembly: All-state guard formed dynamic duo with Frazier.
Alec Wintering, Cannon: Sophomore averaged 24 points and seven assists.
Quintin Wimbish, Hickory Ridge: Senior was the leader of a gritty Ragin' Bulls team.
Aaron Johnson, Central Cabarrus: The junior, alongside Cooks, should again form one of best duos in state next year.