March 12, 2014 —
Ashland would then score the last eight points of the half to take a 28-21 lead in to halftime. The Tomcat run would continue to 32-21 off a Thornton basket.
The Raiders clawed back in it on a Connor Greene layup at 34-28. But the Tomcats would put the game away, scoring seven straight points and holding East scoreless for more than three minutes.
“Ashland caused us to have a very tough night,” Baker said. “We knew coming in we were going to have to have a lot of guys play well and they didn’t allow that to happen.”
Greene led East Carter with 16 points.
Cole Brammer, Qua Davis, Bradley and Seth Marsh will hang up the sneakers, playing their final game for East in the regional tournament.
“This night doesn’t define who this team was,” Baker said. “They raised the bar for East Carter basketball and didn’t accept the perception coming into the season that a lot of people thought they were. They made the best season out of it that they could. They had two big wins in the district tournament. They’re 62nd District champs, and I’m proud of them for that.”
While the season ends, Baker is still excited for what the future holds for the Raiders.
“We’ve got something to build a team around and we have some young guys we will have in there to mix in,” Baker said. “We have some potential to get back here next season.”
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