DANVILLE — The postseason road for the Danville Warriors, the only county boys’ basketball team to win its sectional, has a giant roadblock in the way.
Class 3A No. 1 Mount Vernon (22-1) won its sectional and stands in the way at 10 a.m. at the Greencastle regional Saturday.
“This time of the year you can just throw the records out, everybody is good now,” Danville coach Brian Barber said.
The Marauders play a slower, ball control pace as they average 56.5 points per game and allow 41.3 points. The Warriors (18-5) are more of team that looks to attack in transition and averages 65.1 points per game and allows opponents 52.1 points.
Saturday’s contest is a battle of conflicting styles of play.
“It’s kind of a tale of two different types of teams,” Barber said. “We are more of a pressing, running, creating off our defense team and they are very good in the halfcourt. They are very patient. Their kids are very solid and very fundamental.”
While Mount Vernon averages close to nine points less than Danville, they have the ability to also score in bunches.
“It’s not uncommon for them to take 45 seconds off the clock before they take a shot,” Barber said. “They will work the ball, they don’t take bad shots. That’s not to say they can’t play fast, they have had some games they have scored in the 70’s this year but they’ve had a lot of games they’ve scored in the 30’s and 40’s too.”
The team that can play its style, fast or slow, will have a definite advantage.
“We’ve got to set the tone from the very beginning,” senior Ian Asher said. “We can’t get out and start playing their game.”
The Marauders only loss this season came against New Palestine on Feb. 15 and it was by a single point, 52-51. Mount Vernon’s top ranking and one defeat on the season do not intimidate the Warrior players.