Cardinals share conference

DRIVE: Big Rapids sophomore Demetri Martin drives past a Central Montcalm player in Friday’s 64-46 win over the Hornets. Big Rapids advances to 14-5. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

DRIVE: Big Rapids sophomore Demetri Martin drives past a Central Montcalm player in Friday’s 64-46 win over the Hornets. Big Rapids advances to 14-5. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

Big Rapids boys split CSAA Gold with 64-46 win over Central Montcalm

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys basketball team siezed a share of the Central State Activities Association Gold Division championship with 64-46 Senior Night win over Central Montcalm on Friday.

Big Rapids splits the conference title with Grant as both teams finished the CSAA with 9-3 conference records. The Cardinals move to 14-5 overall.

“It was nice to get the seniors out there to win a conference championship,” Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. “Our seniors played well today and it was a nice win for them.”

Big Rapids senior guard Juwan Carlton sank three consecutive 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the third, giving Big Rapids a margin it did not relinquish. Carlton also scored on his fourth 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, giving him 12 points on the night.

“It feels pretty good,” Big Rapids senior guard Juwan Carlton said. “(It was great) to hit those three in front of my mom and al the people that came down to see us. I told everybody that I was just gonna start shooting; it’s my last one, so why not.”

The Cardinals played almost the entire fourth quarter with their seniors on the court.

Sophomore guard/forward Demetri Martin finished with a team-high 15 points for the Cardinals, 12 of which came in the first half.

“(Demetri) has turned into our leader out there,” Ingles said. “He’s the first one clapping for everybody else. The biggest change since our first eight games is now the chemistry is there.”

Junior guard Kenneth Davis scored 14 points, also scoring on four 3-pointers.

“This (win) gives us a lot going into districts and regional,” Carlton said. “We have to keep our head straight and we have to focus up and not let this get to our heads.”

Carlton said the team has to keep the game on the court and not give in to a mental lapse.

“I think we have a very high chance to at least go to regional finals,” Carlton said. “We have to set it as a goal and not just expect it to happen. We have to keep our heads straight and don’t lay down.”

Big Rapids hosts Traverse City West in its regular season finale.

“We will find out how good we are against Traverse City West here Tuesday,” Ingles said.

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