COX MILL, N.C.- The Chargers are just two days away from the biggest game in Cox Mill basketball history. On Saturday, they’ll try to win the program’s first state championship title.
“It would just mean a lot, for it to be the first in school history,” sophomore guard Wendell Moore Jr. said.
The Chargers held one of their final practices on Thursday before the big game, but the players treated it just like any other day on the court.
“The kids are really loose, they’ve been like that for the last couple weeks which sometimes is scary as a coach, but we’ve played really well so I’m going to roll with it,” head coach Jody Barbee said.
Barbee’s Chargers are on an eleven-game winning streak and have held teams to no more than 52 points in the playoffs. On Saturday, they’ll face an Eastern Guilford team that hasn’t lost since January 4th.
“Both of us come in with win streaks, somebody has to take an ‘L’ and lose, but at this point in time you can’t really look at streaks or numbers, you just got out and play your game,” Barbee said.
The Chargers will try and focus on trying to keep things normal on Saturday while their surroundings will be far above average. Saturday’s championship match will be at the Dean Smith Center, home of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
“You gotta focus, you gotta maintain your composure on the floor. It still is a basketball game, they’ve done this since they were four. There’s a little different stakes right now but you treat it as a basketball game and hope that the nerves don’t get too bad,” Barbee said.
“We’ve been thinking about it since the beginning of the season honestly. It’s exciting because you talk about getting to a state championship and then finally being able to get there is just awesome,” senior guard Francis Sio said.
Saturday’s game at the Smith Center is at 7:35 P.M.