South Point, Fairland meet in key OVC matchup

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2008

It might be just one game in the Ohio Valley Conference, but what a game.

Both the South Point Pointers and Fairland Dragons enter Friday’s much-anticipated Ohio Valley Conference showdown unbeaten overall and in the league.

And while there is a lot of basketball left to play, the winner will be in the driver’s seat toward winning the conference championship.

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Fairland is 9-0 and South Point 8-0. Each is 2-0 in the OVC.

“We haven’t played well for four quarters, but we’ll have to against South Point. They’re an awful good team,” said Fairland coach Chad Belvile.

The Dragons have three players in double figures led by 6-foot-4 junior Michael Lamb with a 23.6 scoring average. Cole Hatfield, a 6-1 guard, averages 12.4 points per game and 6-4 senior center Dustin Bumgardner scores at a 10.4 clip.

“They have a lot of good athletes,” said Pointers coach Gary Norris. “They have a lot of depth and that really concerns me.”

Not only does Fairland have a depth advantage, the defending OVC champions will be at home.

However, South Point has plenty of weapons of its own. The Pointers have three players of their own in double digits.

Todd Mayo, a 6-2 sophomore, is averaging 20.1 per contest, 6-2 senior forward Beau Weed 14.3 points a game, and 6-3 senior center Corey Taylor has a 10.3 average.

Other conference games Friday including Chesapeake, also 2-0 in the OVC, at Coal Grove while Rock Hill visits River Valley.