Thursday night's game between Hopewell and Lake Norman will put two of the best post players and the best teams in the area against each other. Hopewell's DeMon Brooks and Lake Norman's Paul Larsen are both powerful inside players on very talented teams.
The early conference matchup will show a lot about two teams who should be playing deep into the state tournament.
Hopewell has looked impressive early and faced their first true challenges this season in games against Concord and West Charlotte last week.
Lake Norman features two impressive guards in Reggie Price and Keith Canevari, who are joined by a starting lineup of five seniors.