Boys Basketball Set to Play Carmel Rivals
By Charlie Cunningham and Cooper Ochs
After a huge win against former class 4A state champions New Albany, led by junior Romeo Langford, the team now prepares, only one week later, for another one vs two match up. This time against the school’s biggest rival, the Carmel Greyhounds.
Last years game went all the way down to the final buzzer beating layup by former senior Antonio Singleton, to give North Central a 48-46 victory. In recent history, the panthers have had a small edge over Carmel, while also beating them two years ago 66-59, even with them being lead by former all-state and current Purdue basketball player, Ryan Cline.
This years game is expected to be another great one as the panthers try to defend their number one ranking according to Indiana’s Basketball Coaching Association. Carmel, who is known for their defense, is only allowing around thirty eight points per game which is eighth best in the state. This will provide an interesting matchup seeing that the panthers average the third most points in the state per game at eighty six.
“We plan to score as many points as possible. We need to set the pace for the game because that is when we are at our best. We set the pace by getting everyone in their spots and by getting stops on Defense,” senior Mateo Rivera said.
The tension between both schools adds an element to the game that is hard to imitate. When both teams fans are cheering as hard as they can against the other, it amplifies the atmosphere to one of its own.
“We need the fans for this game, and I know they’ll be there for us. We have the best student section in the state, and they get the team hype which motivates us to win,” senior Emmanuel Little said.
Carmel being one of the panthers biggest rivals and successfully beating them the last two years, there is pressure to make it three in a row, while Carmel comes from the other side and has pressure to end the two year streak.