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Wolves to meet Golden Eagles

Lincolnton has a stiff challenge awaiting them Monday night as they travel to East Davidson to take on the Golden Eagles (19-8) .
The Golden Eagles finished third in the Central Carolina Conference in the regular season. The bad news for the Wolves is they swept through the competition winning the Central Carolina Tournament beating North Rowan.
Wolves’ head coach Bob Cowie has scouted East Davidson twice in person. He’s been impressed with their fundamental play and intensity.
“They’re a very well-coached, extremely disciplined and just a very fundamentally sound basketball team. They play extremely hard,” Cowie said.
The Golden Eagles are led by 6’0” two-guard Justin Strickland. Despite his height, Cowie believes he is a more than capable scorer.
“He appears to be a very good shooter, extremely strong with the ball and will take it very hard to the basket,” he said.
Strickland’s sidekick is 6’4” Cody Furr, whose versatility makes him a tough match-up.
“He can shoot the ball from the perimeter and he also likes to shot fake and get it to the basket,” Cowie said.
In the conference tournament final, Cowie said the Golden Eagles attempted one of two shots the whole game: three-pointers or lay-ups.
Although, the Wolves lost 69-62 against the Bandys Trojans in the first round of the Midwest 2A Conference Tournament, Cowie believes his team has a legitimate shot at getting past their first round competition.
“I think we’re going to be ready to play awfully well. I think we’ll come ready to play. We’re certainly going to have to match their intensity because I think they play harder than any team I’ve seen this year,” he said.
Lincolnton was void of practice two days last week, in an attempt to rest their legs for the Golden Eagles.
“We’ve had some good practices. I think we’re going to be ready to play tomorrow night. Is that going to be enough? Who’s to say,” Cowie said.
For the Wolves to win the game, Cowie believes three points will be key.
“If we can slow it down and defend some of their back cuts and their penetration and defend the perimeter I think we’ll have a great chance,” he said.
Cowie likens East Davidson’s attack to Princeton’s offense, which features an open-post with all five men on the perimeter. In such an offense, back-door cuts can be leathal.
“We’re going to have to have a great defensive effort. If you fall asleep against your man for just a second, he’s probably going to be laying the ball in the basket.”
Juniors Zack Gibson and Lance Friday made the Midwest 2A All-Conference Team. Jessie Cline, for the Lady Wolves, also was a selection.

Directions:
Take 85-North to Exit 102 Lake Road. Take a left off the exit and school will be right there.
by John Mark Brooks

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