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Prep games of week: titles on line, North Meck going for another ’20’

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After leading his team to a win over Berry, Ardrey Kell star Christian Pickens took The Call to talk about his team's win streak, its playoff chances and why the Knights don't get enough respect statewide. Shot Feb. 8, 2019

Observer-area high school basketball games of the week:

North Mecklenburg (18-3, 11-1 I-MECK) at Vance (17-4, 8-4), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: North Meck can clinch at least a share of the league title with a victory Since going 10-15 in the 2012-13 season, North Meck has run off five straight 20-win seasons (and is closing on a sixth). Its conference record during that run, in arguably the state’s toughest public school conference? 79-11.

Olympic (17-4, 10-0 SoMeck) at Ardrey Kell (18-4, 9-2), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: The Trojans have won nine straight to lock up a share of the league title. A win on the road will deliver the outright title. Ardrey Kell needs to win Tuesday and Friday, while hoping for an Olympic loss to Harding Friday to share a league title.

Own The Game Classic: The Jordan Brand is hosting a high-level high school doubleheader Thursday at J.C. Smith. Two-time N.C. 3A champ Concord Cox Mill plays New Jersey’s The Patrick School (10-9) at 6:30. At 8:30, West Charlotte plays national power Oak Hill, Va.

Waxhaw Cuthbertson (10-10, 6-6 Southern Carolinas 3A) at Charlotte Catholic (15-7, 9-1), Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Catholic has already won a share of the league title and can win it outright at home. Since joining the conference at the start of the 2017-18 season, Catholic is 23-1 against league competition.

Myers Park (16-6, 10-2 Southwestern 4A) at Independence (17-5, 11-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m.: This regular-season finale could decide the Southwestern 4A title. But both teams have big games Tuesday — Myers Park at Indian Trail Porter Ridge (12-8, 5-7); Independence at Rocky River (11-10, 4-8).

Click here for the week’s complete schedule including SC and NC private playoff pairings

Langston Wertz Jr. is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked at the Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and NFL to video games and Britney Spears. Wertz -- a West Charlotte High and UNC grad -- is the rare person who can answer “Charlotte,” when you ask, “What city are you from.”

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