Vike Boys Seek Third Straight Win
Tonight in Lillington, the Vike boys' basketball team is in search of a third straight win as they face Cape Fear Valley (CFV) conference foe, the Western Harnett Eagles. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Coming off consecutive wins in two crucial conference contests, Union Pines could solidify its spot in the CFV with a win over the Eagles.
While the Vikes have yet to put together a three-game win streak so far this season, they are riding a four-game league-winning streak after a loss to Overhills in the conference opener.
Overhills (11-4, 6-0) is the top team in the league.
At 4-1 in the CFV, Union Pines is tied for second with the Southern Lee Cavaliers.
With the Cavaliers hosting Overhills on Friday, the Vikes are looking at a scenario that assures them no worse than sole possession of second place in the conference standings should they manage to escape Lillington with a win. If Southern Lee defeats the Jaguars and Union Pines wins, there would be a three-way tie for the conference top spot.
Taking all this into consideration, Vike head coach Bobby Purvis is approaching tonight's game with a business-as-usual attitude.
"For us, we will prepare the same way we do every time," Purvis said, "which is to have our team ready to play. I watched Western Harnett Tuesday go to Overhills and really compete and play hard. I was very impressed with the Eagles' basketball team, they have made a tremendous amount of improvement and our kids have to be ready for the challenge."
Western Harnett held a 14-point lead against Overhills with 5:13 left in regulation Tuesday night. Eventually the game would be decided in overtime as the first-place Jaguars survived a scare, pulling out an 81-79 victory.
Union Pines will not take Western Harnett (5-11, 1-5) lightly.
"We know what they are capable of," Purvis said.
"I can assure you that we will not be looking past the Eagles when we take the floor in their gym."
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