EAST CHICAGO | Fans around the region recognize Martayveus Carter for his immense role in guiding E.C. Central’s football team to a regional championship this past season.
The spark Carter provided in Saturday’s 63-50 win over Times No. 9 Crown Point proves that he’s no slouch on the basketball court, either.
Carter looked like he was diving in the end zone for six points at the end of the first half on a huge, buzzer-beating layup that put the Cardinals up 27-21 at the break.
“My coaches tell me ‘attack, attack, attack,’” Carter said. “(Nobody can) stand in front of you if you attack.
“My team, they depend on me to bring a lot of energy off the bench. They look at me as a big spark.”
Attacking the basket is certainly what Carter did. He finished with 11 points, nine of those coming in the first half.
“Martayveus has been playing well,” E.C. Central coach Abe Brown said. “I think he’s finally getting his basketball legs under him. He did a great job for us penetrating. He’s just a motor, just like he is on the football field.
"That’s the same attitude he carries to the basketball court, which has been great for us.”
E.C. Central (9-5) caught fire in the second half, going 17-for-29 from the field. Not only did the Cardinals execute their shots with precision, they held a 36-23 rebounding advantage over the Bulldogs (9-5) -- 20 of those offensive.
“The last few games, we gave up a lot of second chance shots, so we’ve really been emphasizing not giving second chance shots,” Brown said. “Our guys went out there and worked hard with a good rebounding effort.”
Crown Point’s offense revolved around Nick Jeffirs, who led all scorers with 26 points. Despite that, the Bulldogs had trouble establishing any other offensive rhythm -- evidenced by a 38 percent shooting effort the second half.
“We just had a hard time getting any kind of offense with their ball pressure,” Bulldogs coach Clint Swan said. “(Jeffirs) did what he had to do to get us some points.”
Hyron Edwards scored 24 to lead the Cardinals, while Jeremiah Ochoa added 11 points.