By: Josh Yourish
Friday marks a battle of section unbeatens as the 7-4 (4-0) Lancers travel to Valley to take on the 4-5 (4-0) Vikings.
Due to weather, the teams played back to back games last season within three days of each other. Through the eight quarters and an overtime period, there were just 3 points of separation and a 1-1 split. The first game of two was a defensive battle won at home by the Lancers in overtime, 43-41. The second of the two matchups was an offensive explosion as the teams combined for 179 points and Valley prevailed 92-87.
When asked which style senior starting center Colin Kadlick would rather play, Kadlick replied, “I just want to beat them; it doesn’t matter to me if it’s 1-0 or 101-100… I don’t care how many points we score.” However, when asked if there were any extra emotions heading into the rivalry game he didn’t hesitate; “Yeah definitely… after splitting with them last year, emotions are going to be flying.”
As their first matchup of the 2018-19 season approaches, with the teams separated by just a half game atop the section, the Lancers are excited to build on a hot start. They look to take the momentum from a 59-58 win over Steel Valley on Tuesday into their upcoming meeting with the rival Vikings.
Tuesday’s win was led by the leading scorer on the year, senior Brad Perrotte with 23 and Jared Colton with 18. Colton has recently had the hot hand and also added 15 off the bench against Burrell last Friday. The guard’s offensive uptick has kept the Lancers unbeaten in section play and provided a nice compliment to Perrotte’s scoring.
“It’s big for us because it takes teams out of their zone… It starts with his shooting and from there they just close out hard on him and he takes it right to the hoop,” Perrotte said of Colton’s offensive impact.
Offensive execution, however, is not what Perrotte sees as the key against the Vikings, “We’ve got to match their intensity because it’s going to be crazy. It’s a Friday night at Valley. We have to match their intensity but also stay focused and stay composed”. This will be key in the atmosphere at Valley, as Colin Kadlick sees it, “It’s equivalent to a playoff game even though we’re only ten games into the season.”