GARY | When you're on a roll the one thing you want to do is keep it going. No step backs. No slow downs. No nothing like that.
E.C. Central, losers of two straight to West Side, did just that on Thursday night at its Gary rival's gym.
The Cardinals opened the game on an 18-0 run and breezed to a 58-36 win, E.C.'s third straight victory.
“Sectionals are right around the corner,” said junior Hyron Edwards, who had 18 first-half points and finished with a game-high 24. He also had five assists, three steals and five rebounds.
“My team wants me to start taking games over,” Edwards continued. “And that's what I'm going to start doing more.”
E.C. (8-5) showed what a Sectional 1 darkhorse looks like, especially in the first half. The Cards played great defense, forcing 14 turnovers in the first 16 minutes of play. E.C.'s defense got a hand in the Cougars face causing the hosts to only have 13 points at the half.
“Our guys have really been going at it at practice,” Cards coach Abe Brown said. “So I told 'em if this is how hard you go against guys you love, how much harder should you go against another team?”
Damien Jefferson scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
“This wasn't just me,” Edwards said. “This was everyone on the team.”
Lonnie Johnson was the only Cougar in double figures with 11. Cousin JonVea' Johnson scored six and Christian Jacobs had eight points with eight rebounds.
West Side fell to 5-7 on the season.
“We've just got to keep it going,” Brown said. “We have to keep getting better.”