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Olympic High, and its defense, holding steady in Observer Sweet 16 basketball poll

Josh Banks and Olympic High have a long win streak, a top 10 Sweet 16 ranking, and a potential SoMeck conference championship
Josh Banks and Olympic High have a long win streak, a top 10 Sweet 16 ranking, and a potential SoMeck conference championship

When he was the head boys coach at West Charlotte, Baronton Terry returned the Lions program to its perch atop N.C. high school basketball with ferocious defense.

He’s beginning to do the same thing at Olympic.

The Trojans (16-3), No. 9 in this week’s Observer Sweet 16 basketball poll, have won 10 straight games since their last loss in late December. In the win streak, only three teams have scored more than 60 points. Five of them didn’t reach 50 points and a sixth didn’t reach 40.

Junior Jalen Barr (13.2 points per game), senior Jalen Harris (11.8) and sophomore Josh Banks (11.2) lead a balanced team that is closing on a SoMeck championship.

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Rk.

Team (Class)

Rec.

Prvs.

1

North Mecklenburg (4A)

21-1

1

2

Independence (4A)

21-1

2

3

Concord Cox Mill (3A)

19-3

3

4

Charlotte Catholic (3A)

18-3

4

5

Rocky River (4A)

17-4

5

6

Marshville Forest Hills (2A)

20-2

7

7

Butler (4A)

18-4

6

8

Hickory (3A)

19-2

8

9

Olympic (4A)

16-3

9

10

Providence Day (IND)

22-9

11

11

Salisbury (2A)

19-2

12

12

China Grove Carson (2A)

19-2

13

13

Charlotte Christian (IND)

20-8

10

14

Lincoln Charter (1A)

18-4

14

15

Morganton Freedom (3A)

19-2

15

16

East Lincoln (2A)

18-4

16

Dropped Out: None. Also receiving consideration: Ardrey Kell (4A, 18-4); Hopewell (4A, 16-6); Marvin Ridge (3A, 17-5); Kings Mountain (3A, 17-5); South Iredell (3A, 16-5); North Gaston (3A, 16-6); Lincolnton (2A, 17-4); Morganton Patton (2A, 16-5); North Stanly (1A, 17-4); Fort Mill Nation Ford (5A, 15-6)

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