Cavs facing Shelby in semifinal rematch
It's no surprise Cuthbertson High and Shelby are meeting in the 2A state semifinals for the second straight year.
Both teams returned the bulk of their lineup from last year, when the Cavaliers pulled out a 57-50 victory over the Golden Lions semifinals.
Cuthbertson enters Saturday's 11:30 a.m. tip in the Greensboro Coliseum annex with a 28-3 record after defeating Trinity 46-30 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Shelby improved to 27-3 following an 84-46 victory over Smoky Mountain in the quarters.
"It's going to be tough," said Cavs coach Mike Helms of facing the Lions. "They're a very, very good team. We've been following them all year and I'm sure they've been doing the same with us because we knew that both of us had a lot coming back from last year and there was a great chance that we'd probably play this year at some point."
All five Shelby starters are 6-foot-3 or taller, including junior point guard Gabe DeVoe, who averages a team-high 20.4 points per game.
DeVoe, who had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's win over Smoky Mountain, reports scholarship offers from Western Carolina, UNC-Wilmington and Marshall.
The Lions also have 6-7 wing Chris Wray, who has signed with Division I Mount St. Mary's. Wray had 13 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks in the quarterfinal victory.
"They just have so much length and size, and I don't think we've played anybody that has that kind of length," said Helms. "That's one of their strengths."
Shelby had an early 9-5 lead after the first quarter of last year's matchup, but the Cavs went on to outscore the Lions in each of the last three quarters to secure the victory.
"I don't remember much about the game last year," said Cavs senior forward Lucius McMillon. "I just knew it was a tough game for us, so we have to be ready to play (Saturday)."
The Cavs, who get a team-best 21.2 points per game from Wake Forest commit Shelton Mitchell, have lost all three of their games by four points or less this season.
Shelby's three losses are to Ashbrook (62-47), Hunter Huss (84-82) and Freedom (67-59).
"They're who I expected to play if we got here," said Helms of the Lions. "A really good team is going to go home on Saturday, and that's unfortunate, but I expect it to be a great game."