The Concord boys' basketball team is used to winning. The Spiders have won 84 games in the last three seasons, including 44-2 South Piedmont conference (SPC) record and four straight SPC titles.
Concord (6-5, 2-0 as of Dec. 29) has played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the state including a trip to Myrtle Beach for the nationally-renowned Beach Ball Classic, where they embarrassed host Myrtle Beach 89-54 in the first round.
"We haven't backed down from anyone this year," Concord basketball coach Scott Brewer said, in his third season as the coach.
Mount Pleasant (2-4, 1-1 through Dec. 29) makes the difficult transition into the tough SPC this season. The Tigers beat Cox Mill 63-60 in their first conference game, before being trounced by Hickory Ridge 80-35.
The Spiders played two pre-Christmas SPC games and won both by more than 20 points. Concord has the talent and ability to blow out nearly every team in the conference, but they will have to stay focused.
"We want to run the table and go unbeaten (in the SPC)," said Brewer, who has won both SPC titles in first two seasons at Concord. "But we know we will get every team's best shot every time out. So, we have to stay focused and play our game."
The Spider's game is fast and furious when they are at their best. Four players are averaging double-figure scoring and the Spiders go nine deep without missing a step.
If Concord can establish their frenetic pace, this game will be tough for Mount Pleasant.
"We may look like we're out of control sometimes," said Brewer. "But there is a rhyme and reason to everything we do."
The Tigers have a tall task in trying to compete with Concord and playing four games in five days won't make it any easier.
Mount Pleasant will look to slow the pace and keep the ball in the capable hands of sophomore point guard Dezmond Leach. Leach will look find wings Dylan McSwain and Cam Mabry on the perimeter and Dewey Andrews inside.
The Tigers will have to keep the score in the 50s or 60s if they have any chance to win. If the score gets above that, it will likely be a blowout.