Wesleyan Christian Academy(13-4) at Greensboro Day School(26-0) tonight, with game time set for 7pm, on the Bengals’ campus, out on Lawndale Drive…The game is a Sell-Out and if you don’t have tickets, you can catch the game here at GreensboroSports.com beginning at around 6:30pm with the pre-game and the tip is set to go at 7….
This appears to be the only game in town for tonight and it has been the ‘Hottest Ticket in Town’, for well over the past week….
In the two meetings last year between the two clubs, Greensboro Day won them both, claiming the road win in High Point, 65-58 and then winning at GDS, 56-54…Greensboro Day dropped both regular season games to High Point Christian last season, 63-56 and 80-77…GDS then went on to defeat HPCA in the State 3-A Tournament, 70-45 and GDS ended up the season #2 in the state, with a record of (31-4)…
But tonight with GDS vs. WES the difference may well be the matchups….This really could turn out to be the most interesting part of the game….
Size-wise, WES is much bigger, inside and out…When you look inside at WES, you see 6’7 Harry Giles, 6’7 Donovan Gilmore, plus surrounding them they have 6’6 Trey Chapman and 6’5 Theo Pinson….At the point guard WES runs 6’0 Jaquel Richmond…WES can also go with 6’5 DeShaunte Carelock and it looks like the depth of the Trojans is about 6-7 men deep….
Greensboro Day’s defense and how they are able to play that defense will be the key to the game…Giles and Gilmore will be a load inside and GDS looks at 6’7 Christian Hairston, 6’3 Reggie Dillard, 6’3 Reed Lucas, 6’3 Montrell Goldston and 6’2 John ‘JT’ Terry in their starting lineup….GDS brings in 6’0 Bryan Rouse, 6’0 Trevor Mayo and 5’9 Darius Moore, as their top reserves….
GDS goes 8 deep, while it appears that WES goes 6-7 players deep…We will see more on how the players and how many players get involved, tonight at GDS…
The Defense of GDS still will be a big key…Got to get ‘BIG’ D from Reggie Dillard and not sure who he will defend, but he did a super job on Ty Graves from Page in the TIMCO Tournament Finals, back in December….Christian Hairston, with 6’7 backing him up, may have to drop down and work on Giles or Gilmore….Montrall Goldston, from GDS is one of the top defenders in the area and does he get a matchup with Theo Pinson???
John Terry plays real tough ‘D’, we all know that and who does he take and who does Reed Lucas take??? Lucas plays as a tall guard, but the WES players are just flat-out taller than most teams you will face…
Maybe time for some zone, with Reggie and Christian Hairston down low and three across the top with Terry in the middle out front and the two talls(guards) with Lucas and Goldston, on the sides/wings on defense…
Going to have to be concerned about the penetration coming from Richmond and he can penetrate much like Diante Baldwin of HPCA did vs. GDS last season in the regular season games….Theo Pinson has always loved to shoot that outside shot, but you know he is going to go to the hole with ball, if he sees the green light within an open lane…
What happens after the ‘Top Five’ players from each team can also be a key part of the game tonight…When the coaches go to the benches, how will the reserves respond and will they become a key part of this game??? If any of the reserves end up playing more than 10 minutes in this one, then they are going to be a big part of the final results and that could happen because foul problems and problems with ‘D’….
This game has the makings of a real fun contest and it will again be very interesting to see how all of the matchups play out tonight and does anybody try and take over this game and will a certain player be able to take over the game tonight???
Matchups, Matchups, Matchups, and do they favor GDS or WES….GDS topped WES both times they met last season and the second game, at GDS was decided by two points at 56-54 Bengals…..
Are you going with the home team tonight???
I have always favored the home team until I see something different…..
(Can’t wait to see all of those coaches for the two teams going to work over by their respective benches. That in and of itself, will be worth the trip to the Dillard Athletic Center.)