NEW CASTLE —
The Lancers and Vikings don’t stray far from one another when it comes to styles and philosophies up and down the court.
“Watching the Neshannock films, we’re very similar teams,” Gourley said. “We both like to push the ball up the floor and play man-to-man. It should be a good game.”
Corey was quick to agree with Gourley on the similarities.
“I see it especially with their balanced scoring,” he said. “Your points per game don’t look like that if guys aren’t playing unselfish and sharing the basketball. They get the ball out in transition and score in the open court.”
The Lancers tallied 66 points a game in the regular season and Apollo-Ridge managed 60.9 per contest.
On the defensive front is where the two teams share the most in common, as both play a man-to-man.
“Mainly, their primary defense is man, and they have the athletes to do it” Gourley said. “You also have their half-court press we’re going to have to contend with.
Said Corey of the Vikings’ man-to-man defense, “They’re a pretty athletic team. They do a little bit of zone. I saw some half-court and full-court presses out of that man defense.”
Neshannock surrendered 54.7 points a game in the regular season, while Apollo-Ridge gave up 51.7.
ODDS AND ENDS
The Lancers will make the 90-minute drive from Neshannock to Highlands High School for what will be a noon start. Corey isn’t worried that the early-morning travel will impact his team in any way.
“Wherever we have to play is where we want to play. It’s an opportunity to play at least one more basketball game,” he said. “I never get too caught up in any of that. If it’s our next game, that’s where it’s at. There’s a lot of college basketball games that start at noon. If they can do it, we can do it.”
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