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Granville Central guard Terence Harcum (23) soars for a deuce against Roanoke Rapids during the 2018-2019 season. The standout, who has inked to play at Appalachian State University this fall, leads the Panthers against J.F. Webb and Warren County this week.

High-octane basketball.

Those seeking such an order can certainly find it on display during the balance of this week’s Northern Carolina 1A/2A men’s schedule, which features five contests, a pair of future NCAA Division I players and units seeking to build on opening-night victories.

To the deck we go, then, without further delay:

Today

Warren County at

South Granville

Nothing to see here, folks.

Such should be the tag line for this one, what with Louisville signee Bobby Pettiford likely operating at will against the Eagles, who have sputtered to an 0-2 start minus the play of Andrew Smith, who was lost to the Class of 2020.

Alas, expect the Vikings — er, Pettiford — to score with ease on all three levels, thus recalibrating after a season-opening, 95-83 setback to Farmville Central on Saturday.

Thursday

J.F. Webb at

Granville Central

The Warriors opened the 2020-2021 season last week with a victory over Warren County, but aren’t likely to find Thursday’s run with Granville Central very palatable.

Because Terence Harcum, of course.

To date, the Appalachian State University signee is having his way against any and all foes, averaging 29.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 5.5 steals per game for the undefeated Panthers (2-0).

And if Webb is to keep its ledger clean, it will need a supreme effort from Javon Bullock and Markeevis Latta — each of whom performed well in the team’s season-opener.

Friday

South Granville at

Louisburg

Call this one the most interesting dust-up of the week, as Pettiford and Co. trek to Franklin County for a game that will not, for the first time in four years, include all-everything guard Elijah Jamison.

It will, however, feature the Warriors’ Jordan Durham and Ethan Wood, both of whom saw ample playing time last season for head coach Michael Sheldon.

The $64,000 question?

Whether or not said experience will be enough to help the Dubs topple the Vikings, who will be playing for the third time in seven days.

Warren County at

Granville Central

If it’s buckets you want, it’s buckets you shall get — early and often via the duo of Harcum and classmate Jamari Mann, a solid perimeter player who should find a home on the collegiate level this fall.

Simply put, the Panthers will roll, moving to their mark to 4-0.

Bunn at

J.F. Webb

The Wildcats (1-0), off and running courtesy of seniors Paul Spivey, Jai Alston and Ah’Quay Mosley, are likely to be tested in sleepy Oxford, where the Warriors allowed just 59.1 points per game a season ago.

In a word, stingy.

Which means we’ll take the home team in this one, spurred by the duo of Sintavious Richards and Qur’an Wyche — role performers who combined for 16 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in the Warriors’ opener.