Erwin boys players hammed it up for the cameras Monday night.
Everyone struck their own unique pose after winning Cherokee’s Holidays on the Hardwood tournament.
The Warriors (10-0) hope there are a few more photos to be taken between now and the end of their season in February or March.
“Everyone is happy (to be undefeated), but we have bigger things we want to do this season,” junior wing Malik Moore said.
“We want to win a few more trophies, but we have to listen to the coaches and not get a big head. Everyone is playing real hard right now and running the floor like they should. We know what to do, and it all starts with our defense.”
Alic Wynn scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, while Colby Maltry (11) and Moore (10) also reached double figures as Erwin eased past Owen, 91-65, in the championship game.
DeAngelo Collington, Brennan Howard and Davad Mills had nine points apiece for the Warriors, who along with Smoky Mountain (11-0), are the only unbeaten boys basketball teams left in Western North Carolina.
Moore was named the Holidays on the Hardwood’s most valuable boys player.
“We came up here with the goal to get better,” Erwin coach David Rhoney said.
“Rock Hill (S.C.) tested us in ways we haven’t been tested yet (Saturday’s 78-67 win by the Warriors). And I thought that Owen probably came out with a little more energy than us to start things off. They score so easily, so it was good for us to see a team like that as well.”
The Warriors never trailed the Warhorses (5-7), who were led in scoring by Michael Pomeroy (14 points) and Shawn Chapman (10).
Collington, Maltry and Moore were all-tournament picks for Erwin. Pomeroy and Jager Gardner (nine points) represented Owen on the all-tournament team.
Erwin is averaging 90.7 points per game based off the scoring from Moore (15.8 points per game), Brennan Howard (13.8 ppg), Josh Ingle (10.9 ppg) and Wynn (9.1 ppg).
Moore (7.5 rebounds per game) and Wynn (6.3 rpg) also control the glass, while Daree Wynn (5.2) and Maltry (4.1) are tops in assists. Moore and Daree Wynn are both averaging 2.1 steals a night.
Complacency is a concern. However, Rhoney said that he and his staff have tried to safeguard the team from all the chatter going on between practices and games.
“One of the biggest fears is that your players start listening to what others are saying outside the locker room,” Rhoney said.
“We want to avoid that letdown, that slip-up on a given night. We try to tell them to listen to the people who matter, the people who know when it comes to this team.”
The Warriors play their second Mountain Athletic Conference game Friday at Reynolds, a rivalry whose intensity has seemingly grown in all sports recently.
“It’s going to be a dogfight, we expect nothing less,” Moore said.
“We expect it to be about as intense an atmosphere as we’ve played in all season,” Rhoney added.
“We’re going to have to be focused.”