Cuthbertson crowned 2011-12 UCW Super 7 boys basketball champs
by Aaron Garcia
What a year for Union County boys hoops.
This season alone saw hotly contested races in each of the local conferences – the Rocky River 1A/2A and the Southern Carolina 3A/4A – and there were major upsets, milestones and breakthrough performances. School records fell. Some rivalries were rekindled while others formed. Several teams even announced their presence to the stalwarts in the county.
But if there was one constant this season, it was that the Cuthbertson boys were good. Darn good.
There was some indication last season when second-year Cavs coach Mike Helms and his young band of stars recorded a 22-8 record and announced their presence as a possible up-and-comer on the state level. But this year, they didn’t just further that assertion; they took their act all the way to the Class 2A title game with just one loss on their record, sparked by one of state’s most exciting young players in Shelton Mitchell and perhaps the toughest supporting cast in North Carolina in Cornelius Stratford, Isiah Cureton, Emmitt Afam, Jorden Hardrick-Givens Kirby Crutchfield and Lucius Mcmillon.
The Cavs did it all this season: They made shots, attacked the rim and gobbled rebounds, all while playing a stifling brand of defense that became the team’s calling card.
Now, the team can add Union County Weekly Super 7 boys basketball champs to its resume.
Helms said he thought his team could be good, but that projection seemed more fitting for next year, after the Cavs had a chance to mature some and learn to play together. Now, with a state championship appearance under their belt, it looks as if next season could be even scarier for everyone else.