(Courtesy of Bryson Gordon(GTCC) basketball writer and all-knowing, all-sports columnist at GreensboroSports.com)
Vandalia Christian School-Alamance Christian School rivalry re-surfaces this Friday night in Graham
This Friday night in Graham, North Carolina, a rivalry will be renewed. For Vandalia Christian School (14-6) out of Greensboro, this will be the measuring stick to see how good this team is. Vandalia, who is coming off of a NCCSA 2A State championship, will be facing off against their rival, Alamance Christian (11-2).
Alamance, the winner of six straight, and Vandalia, who boasts a seven game winning streak, roll into this game both 3-0 in conference play. Alamance, and Vandalia are the top two teams in the western side of the NCCSA division, and are for the second straight year, playing in the most meaningful regular season game in the west.
In last year’s game, Vandalia jumped out to a big lead early but coughed it up by halftime, and ended up getting beat, 77-56. Alamance was the favorite to win the State championship last season but a first round upset sent them home from the playoffs earlier than expected.
This year, Alamance is coached by longtime head coach Jerry Bailey. The Vikings are coached by third year coach, Ryan Nelson. For the actual players, Vandalia is led by Noah Dunn, a 500 point scorer in his freshman season, and is still putting up sensational numbers in his sophomore season.
Dunn has changed his game this season to be a more all-around player for the Vikings, after all the seniors VCS lost. Devin Resper will be in charge of the ball handling duties for the Vikings, who has been great for the Vikings and Coach Nelson in Resper’s freshman season.
For Alamance, they are led by Christian Rodriguez in the backcourt, who played extremely well against the Vikings in their only matchup last season. And for Alamance in the frontcourt is led by big man Sam Wood, who attacked the lack of size for the Vikings last season, and will look to do the same with Noah Dunn, and Norman Dickson being the only big men the Vikings boast on their roster.
Look for this game to be one of the better games in the NCCSA this season, and also look for the winner of this game to have a leg up on the rest of the conference, for the number one seed out of the west.
The game will be Friday night from the Alamance Christian School gym, in Graham, North Carolina, and the rematch will be on January 22nd in Greensboro.