WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY)– It was another match up between Whiteville and West Columbus that fans will not soon forget. The Wolfpack got a steal leading to the go-ahead layup with .9 seconds left to go to take down the Vikings. That performance earned Whiteville the Full Court Press Team of the Week honor.
The last three times that Whiteville and West Columbus met on the hardwood the games were decided by six total points. The latest installment went the way of the Wolfpack and brought some bragging right along with it.
“It felt good because I mean it was a battle for first place and they were trying to say they were better than us,”said Whiteville senior William Godwin.
Only 18 miles separate Whiteville and Cerro Gordo creating an instantly rivalry. It’s a game that their head coach says is very similar to one in the ACC.
“Like a Duke and Carolina rivalry you just never know,”said Wolfpack head coach Jerry Singletary. “You can throw the records out the window and we were just fortunate to come away with a victory.”
After the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games, the standings atop the Three Rivers Conference are as tight as they could be headed into the final night of the regular season. Whiteville, St. Pauls , and West Columbus are all tied with 12-3 records. It will come down to the final game and the players say it’s all about trusting what got you here.
“We have to know who we are and really get locked in every single day,” says Whiteville junior Antonio McFadden. “We practice hard, play hard, that’s just what Whiteville’s about.”
The teams knows they are still things they need to improve on though before they begin their playoff push starting week in the conference tournament.
“We need to improve on our defense and need to stop turning the ball over,”said Wolfpack junior Ervin Moore. “When it comes down to it we need to shoot more and be consistent.”
In the latest state tournament projection the Wolfpack are a No.8 seed in the Class 2A playoffs, setting themselves up for at least two games if they keep winning. They say the mental aspect of the game will be just as key in their playoffs run as their play on the court.
“We need everybody staying together and fighting for our goal every night,”said Singletary. “We will make mistakes , but we got to play through those mistakes staying together as a unit.”
The Wolfpack end their regular season on Friday night hosting rival South Columbus on senior night.