4A Preview: North Meck vs. Westover

Eric Maynor

After spanking highly touted North Forsyth 89-65 in the Regional Semifinals and then easily disposing conference rival West Charlotte for the fourth time this year 71-47 in the Regional Finals, one has to wonder whether North Mecklenburg (29-1) is at all beatable.

"I'm going to pray a little bit this week," laughed Fayetteville Westover head coach Phil Hart Jr., who's Wolverines will play North Meck this Saturday in the NCHSAA 4A State Final. "We're going to do what we've been doing all year; we're not going to do anything different. We'll use pressure defense, attack them offensively and hopefully things will work out."

That pressure man defense hopes to contain an offense that has an unlimited amount of weapons. Center Jamie Skeen, a Wake Forest commit, is averaging 20.1 points a game, while fellow forward Ben Stywall posts 15.5 ppg. On the perimeter guards C.J. Young and Michael Laney generate plays and control the flow of the game.

One thing is for sure, if Westover (29-1) doesn't leave Chapel Hill with a victory it won't be due to lack of effort.

"They never quit, they never quit all year," said Hart. "Pretty much they're relentless."

After being down by at least nine points in each of the first three quarters of the Eastern Regional Final against New Hanover, the Wolverines fought back in the fourth quarter to tie the game and pulled out a 99-88 victory.

The heart of that non-stop engine sits at the point guard position, where the East Regional MVP Eric Maynor (21.0 ppg, 5.0 apg) guides a four guard offense that keeps the game at a fast pace and the defense on its toes.

But Westover isn't a one-man army. Guards DeShaune Griffin (13.8 ppg, 4.7 apg), Kevin Williams, and Steve Burch (11.8 ppg, 3.9 apg) are just as dangerous as Maynor. And forward Anthony Wall is a versatile rebounder (5.7 rpg) capable of getting under the opposition's skin.

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