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While an edge in matchups doesn’t always equate to success on the basketball court, I’ve broken down the positional battles to watch as North and South Oldham return to the floor for their second meeting of the season. Unlike their last meeting, this one has district title implications on the line.
POINT GUARD —
Cash Cameron vs. Mitch Catinna
While this won’t get the ink that the other matchups will, I think it’ll be just as important, if not more. Catinna has played well this year and that shouldn’t stop in this game as he’ll be the initiator for the high-octane South Oldham attack.
SHOOTING GUARD —
David Levitch vs. Kyle Young
For as talented as I think Young is, no one in Oldham County can touch Levitch on pure talent. He can score from a variety of ways, is a threat any time he touches the ball and dropped 39 points, including a 3-pointer to force overtime, against the Dragons last time the teams played. It’ll be hard to replicate that performance but I think it’s definitely possible.
Small forward —
Trevor Burton vs. Michael Haysley
In a vacuum, this is a hard matchup to call. But while both are equally talented on paper, a few key things will factor into this showdown — a lingering injury to Haysley’s back and the fact that Burton has confidence following a game-high 15 points against Oldham County Jan. 11. Burton has played well of late and turned in a huge performance against the Colonels to give his team big boost heading into Crestwood.
Power Forward —
Austin Zehnder vs. Matthew Haysley
This will be an interesting matchup just because of how different the players are. While Zehnder is a wide-bodied four that works with his back to the basket, Haysley is a slasher that plays his best basketball on the move. I think that will work to Haysley’s matchup in this game as he has proven time and again how dangerous of weapon he can be. He also enters the game off a 34 point performance in a narrow 80-75 loss to Simon Kenton on Jan. 11.
Adam Kligeman vs. Shae Goodlett
No disrespect to Kligeman but I’ve made well known my affinity for Shae Goodlett’s game on the court. Levitch may be the most talented player on the floor come Jan. 29, but Goodlett will certainly be the one getting the most out of the hand he was dealt. He plays at 100 percent 100 percent of the time and has a knack for drawing contact on his way to the hoop. Look for a big night for him.
The Dragons have proven time and again how important their bench is to their success as their up tempo attack calls for fresh bodies in rotation but North isn’t bad off the bench either. Justin Cundiff, a spot starter, has played well off the bench, kicking in 10 points against South Oldham Dec. 29. Jack Sherry should play a big role in this one as he burned North for 9 points in their last meeting on a variety of shots. South has too much firepower for North to contend with.
The last time these teams played it took an extra period to sort out. While each teams’ game with OC was a grind-it-out affair, that will change in this game as the track shoes come out. Expect a game in the high 60s as North and South square off with a regular season district title on the line.
Prediction: David Levitch will score 25+ but North Oldham will fall to South Oldham for the second time this season.
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