By Ray Schafer - CNHI News Service
Dec. 11, 2013 —
The East Carter Raiders snapped a two-game losing streak largely because of junior guard Connor Greene’s 18 points, but he was not the lone contributor. Senior Cole Brammer and junior Donald Damron each scored 12 points, and freshman Cameron Sparks added 10 as East held on to defeat Lewis County 54-50 in the first round of the East Kentucky Conference Tournament in Vanceburg.
“I think our awareness of what we were actually wanting to do and how we wanted to play was a lot better, a lot sharper,” East Carter coach Brandon Baker said. “We simplified some things so we didn’t overload or overwhelm our own players … We may have done that the first couple games.”
The Raiders also shut out Lewis County senior Brett Ruckel for the first half (he finished with 11 points). Lions coach Joe Hampton said East Carter did nothing he didn’t expect — part of his succinct postgame summary.
“We failed to show up to play,” Hampton said. “ ... I’m not sure if there’s a misconception somewhere along the line they’ve been told they can walk onto the floor and win without giving effort. I think East Carter showed them that’s not the case. If they didn’t get the message against Ashland (Tuesday’s 92-68 wipeout), they definitely should have gotten it (yesterday).”
Still, Lewis County (1-2) tied the game a 50-all on Sammy Holder’s five-footer with 1:56 left. Trenton Walker led the Lions with 12 points.
East Carter will play for a spot in the EKC Tournament Championship Wednesday night when they face 62nd District rival Morgan County in Morehead. The Cougars defeated Greenup County 66-46 Saturday night. If the Raiders win, they will play the winner of the Fleming County vs. Rowan County semifinal matchup Thursday night at 8 p.m. The Raider’s next scheduled game is Saturday, Dec. 14 when they host Dawson Bryant, Oh.