In less than 48 hours, the highly anticipated rematch between Evans and Greenbrier will get under way.
The Wolfpack knocked off Evans 49-45 earlier this season. That loss caused all sorts of talk on discussion boards. Evans fans, of course, thought this was a fluke and that the more talented Evans team would show Greenbrier who was king in Columbia County the next time they met.
Well, Greenbrier supporters let the Evans folks know that perhaps they were not as talented as they thought. Also, maybe the Evans fans were underestimating Greenbrier a bit.
Who was right?
That is a tough question. I think Evans fans did indeed underestimate the Pack; however, I also think the Knights are more talented. So maybe they are both right. So I will try to break down the game and see if I can come up with a favorite.
Point guard play - edge to Greenbrier
Bryan Andrews is more of a pure point guard than anyone Evans has. He is asked to score because his team needs him to, but he has the abilities you look for in a point guard.
Outside shooting - edge to Evans
Brandon Durr is the top perimeter shooter in this game and he gives the Knights the edge. Also, Jonathan Nicely can shoot the rock.
Team defense - edge too close to call
This is tough because I think both of these teams can play solid defense. Evans has an obvious size advantage, but Greenbrier gets by with their scrappy play.
Inside game - edge to Evans
The rosters do not lie. Evans has a big size advantage over most teams they play.
Star power - another category to close to call
Evans has talented guard Brandon Durr, the athletic Jonathan Nicely, and Citadel-bound 6-7 Matt Clark. Greenbrier counters with the speed and play-making of point guard Bryan Andrews and the savvy of veteran Anthony Williams. The key to the game could be which one of these players steps up and puts his team on his back.
Throw in that Greenbrier has the home court advantage, and what you have is one tough match-up to call. All I can tell you is get there early Friday, because the gym will be packed for this one.
OK, I'll quit stalling. If I had to make a pick in this one, I will go with Evans to win 54-52. And that will set up one heck of a matchup Jan. 26 for Evans-Greenbrier III.
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