Panther Creek is No. 1 in the state on the 4-A level.
Athens Drive is No. 5 and Middle Creek is No. 10, which means we're heading for some incredible showdowns this season between those three, but before we can get to the first one of those this Friday, we had games to play tonight.
Could Panther Creek hold on and could undefeated Athens Drive avoid upset before these two titans play each other this Friday?
Here are tonight's scores from around the Tri-Eight conference, and how the standings are holding up.
Panther Creek 52, Apex 43
Earnest Ross stays hot for the Catamounts, leading all scorers with 25 points. Weston Murphy and Connor Belicic each chip in 13 for the losing Cougars, who dropped to 6-7 overall. I think the fact Murphy got double-digits speaks volumes about how good/underrated he is. Panther Creek has made it a recent habit of embarrassing the best player on the opposing team, holding Melvin Tabb to four points and Stan Okoye to six.
Athens Drive 55, Lee County 38
The Jaguars are now 13-0! And they'll host Panther Creek this Friday (better get there early if you want a seat folks!) in what'll be a monumental match-up. Lee County scored two — that's right — two first-quarter points. Josh Davis (what a player he is), had 29 points for Athens in the big win.
Middle Creek 79, Fuquay-Varina 45
The area's high-watermark has been set for single-game points scored, as Tom Tankelewicz dropped a whopping 37 points on the Bengals Tuesday night. Garrius Adams had 24 himself, and the Mustangs crushed Fuquay from beginning-to-end, leading 57-17 at half. Middle Creek is now 12-2 overall and 4-0 in Tri-Eight play.
Green Hope 69, Cary 65
I've been telling people that neither Green Hope nor Cary are as bad as their records indicate, and I think this game proves my point. Cary had enough to mount a 11-point lead, and Green Hope had enough firepower to overcome it. Shawn Shaffer had 22 for the Falcons in the win, which they desperately needed after starting out 0-4 in conference.
Athens Drive 4-0 13-0
Panther Creek 4-0 12-1
Middle Creek 4-0 12-2
Apex 1-3 6-7
Fuquay-Varina 1-3 3-10
Cary 1-3 1-12
Lee County 1-4 4-8
Green Hope 1-4 5-10
Keep in mind this Friday Panther Creek (13-1, 4-0) will head to Athens Drive (13-0, 4-0). I'm telling you, get your seat early! Games like this one (No. 1 vs No. 5 in the state) don't happen in this area every year, so you'd better catch the match-up while you still can. Trust me. We'll have more on that game later today.
Other area boys' scores:
Cary Christian 57, Friendship Christian 46
Cary Academy 60, Wake Christian 51
Holly Springs 71, SE Raleigh 69