Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 27, 2012
Carson-East, 1:30 p.m.
South-Salisbury, 4:30 p.m.
North-West, 7:30 p.m.
No. 1 Davie County
Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-0
All-time record in Moir: 36-43 vs. Rowan schools
Coach: Mike Absher (11th season, 2 championships)
Top players: Junior Caleb Martin (19.6 ppg), who was injured in the Moir last season, is the area scoring leader. Cody Martin (14.0 ppg), Austin Hatfield (13.1 ppg) and Taylor Hatfield (10.1 ppg) are other reasons why the War Eagles have scored at least 75 points seven times.
Best game: Probably the one-point loss at nationally ranked Olympic.
Moir titles: 4
Last title: 2004 (MVP Josh Aiken)
Last title game appearance: Lost 60-59 to North in 2011
No. 2 North Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 2-0
All-time record in Moir: 50-46
Coach: Andrew Mitchell (3rd year, 62-11, 1 Moir title)
Top players: Senior Oshon West (16.4 ppg) leads Rowan in scoring. Junior Michael Connor (11.7 ppg) and junior Michael Bowman (7.4 ppg) are standouts on both ends of the floor.
Best game: Whipped YVC contender Albemarle by 17.
Moir titles: 7.
Last title: Winning in 2011 ended an 11-year drought.(MVP Pierre Givens)
No. 3 South Rowan (via coin flip with Carson)
Season record vs. Moir teams: 0-1
All-time record in Moir: 42-56
Coach: Bryan Withers (1st year)
Top players: Bouncy junior Tvadis Wesley (7.1 ppg) is an astonishing 6-2 shotblocker. Sophomore guard Qwan Rhyne (12.9) leads the team in scoring, with junior guard Shawn Spry (12.2) and senior slasher Josh Medlin (10.6 ppg) also in double figures.
Best game: Blew away NPC opponent West Iredell from the opening tip.
Moir titles: 1 (1995, MVP Jason Crook)
Last title game appearance: Lost to West in 2002
No. 4 Carson
Season record vs. Moir teams: 3-0
All-time record in Moir: 7-9
Coach: Brian Perry (7th year, 62-98)
Top players: 6-6 junior Colton Laws (14.4 ppg) had a 35-point outing. Junior guard Tre Williams (12.4 ppg) is a consistent scorer. Quick sophomore Marquez McCain (8.6 ppg) is a future standout.
Best games: Swept Salisbury
Moir titles: 0 — haven’t been in championship game.
No.5 East Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-2
All-time record in Moir: 38-57
Coach: Trey Ledbetter (3rd year, 18-38)
Top players: Junior Donte Means (12.5 ppg) can score in bunches but East has managed 60 points only twice. Sophomore Conor Honeycutt (7.8 ppg) is a tenacious defender. Senior Josh Gobble (7.4 ppg) is a post man with shooting range.
Best game: Beat Salisbury after losing 59-36 to Hornets in opener.
Moir titles: 2
Last Moir title: 2006 (MVP Spenser Davis). That was the last time East made the championship game.
No. 6 Salisbury
Season record vs. Moir teams: 2-4
All-time record in Moir: 61-36
Coach: Jason Causby (8th year at SHS, 125-74, 3 Moir titles)
Top players: Freshman guard DeShawn Troutman (6.4 ppg) has led the Hornets in scoring in their last three games. 6-7 senior Tyler Petty (9.3 ppg) has scored in double figures five times and blocks shots.
Best game: Beat West Rowan by 17
Moir titles: 14
Last title: Hornet’s run of four straight titles and five straight championship-game appearances ended in 2011.
No. 7 West Rowan
Season record vs. Moir teams: 1-3
All-time record in Moir: 53-40
Coach: Mike Gurley (16th year, 332-105 at West; 434-144 overall, 4 Moir titles).
Top players: Junior Najee Tucker (10.3 ppg) and junior Daisean Reddick (10.4 ppg) are athletes. Junior Seth Martin (9.7 ppg) is a 3-point threat. Recent addition Devin Parks (14.3 ppg) boosts the Falcons’ offensive potential.
Best game: Beat South in last game before tournament
Moir titles: 10
Last title: 2005 (Jamel Carpenter MVP)
Last title game appearance: Lost to Salisbury in 2008