Imp Dome Men’s Hoops Report

BY ANDREW THORNTON

After a slow start to the conference schedule, the Imps have gotten red hot, beating conference rivals Green Hope and Panther Creek, which brings their in-conference record to 3-3. Injuries handicapped the Imps to start out the season, but seniors such as Aaron Smith, Jalani Abdul-Aziz, and Logan McNeil have stepped into leadership roles and have been centerpieces in Cary’s success. Once Jett Fortuny and BJ Keith return to one hundred percent health, this team will be very dangerous. Jared Moore is having a breakout season replacing Philip Blackley at the five spot, and Moore has added more athleticism to the position. There is a special swagger that the team has as they go play their rival Athens Drive Friday, February 1st at Athens Drive High School. The home games have been electric with lots of the student body coming out to support. Gang Green along with the alumni who shown up have made the Imp Dome a tough place to play for opponents.

In his first year after replacing legend Alan Gustafson, Coach Walton has run the team with more depth, allowing more players to contribute. In WRAL’s latest Playoff projection, Cary was listed as the 23 seed and would face off with Sanderson in the first round of the playoffs. The Imps go on a two game road trip to avenge two of their conference losses and try and stay hot at Athens Drive (2/1) and then at Riverside (2/5). Their final two home games of the regular season are on the 6th and on the 8th against Middle Creek and Jordan. Gang Green needs as much of the student body to come out, so if you’re reading this put on your green and white and come and support your Men’s Basketball team.

Aaron Smith