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Blake Ress, Commissioner
March 24, 2007
The East Chicago Cardinals used a balanced attack and defeated the North Central Panthers, 87-83, to capture the Class 4A basketball state championship.
Three Cardinals ended the night with 20 or more points. Senior guard E’Twaun Moore took game honors with 28, sophomore Angel Garcia added 25 and junior Kawaan Short finished with 20. Short also led the Cardinals with 10 rebounds.
Central (21-5) was coached by Doug Mitchell, who was in his 14th
season at the
21-20 at the end of the first quarter, East Chicago (23-3) picked up the
intensity in the second and North Central’s shooting cooled off as the
Cardinals built a 19-point edge and took a 50-32 lead into the lockerroom. At halftime,
Just as it
Brown continued his hot shooting connecting on two more from beyond the stripe in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, the latter drawing North Central to within 67-65. He had only made four three-pointers throughout the season and finished with four in the game.
Panthers pulled even twice in the final quarter at 69-69 and again at 71-71 but
could never retake the lead.
the fourth meeting between the two schools in the last four years and second
this season. It was
game records were set including
Following the game, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee named E’Twaun Moore of East Chicago Central High School as the winner of the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award.
The award is presented annually to a senior participant in each classification who was nominated by his principal and coach and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.
earned a scholarship to
isn’t a better young gentleman that has a pleasant persona, is
mild-mannered and approachable” says East Chicago Central Principal
Darnell Adell of
He is the
son of Ezell and Edna Moore of
Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate
partner, will present a $1,000 scholarship to
The award is named in honor of Arthur L. Trester, the IHSAA’s first commissioner who served the Association from 1929-44.
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Pete Trgovich, East Chicago Central Head Coach
“We played an outstanding first half. We could not have played any better. They (North Central) came on real strong in the second half and that is a mark of a truly good team.”
“Give North Central credit, they came back and tied the score--unbelievable. It’s too bad that old saying someone had to lose the game.”
“Both of them played at a high level, just like you expected they would. IU and Purdue have two good players coming next year.”
“This is the first time for a state championship in the school’s history. I am so excited for these kids. I know what it felt like to win as a player. It’s a lot more fun as a player than as a coach.”
“It’s great… we came in underdogs, but played hard and got a victory.”
(on playing against Eric Gordon)
“I’m looking forward to playing at Purdue against Gordon at IU. I love playing against him, he’s a good man.”
Doug Mitchell, North Central Head Coach
“They’re a very good team. You just can’t spot them 18. They hit a lot of good shots tonight and worked hard to get those shots. They were hitting a lot better earlier in the year. We contested a lot of the shots they made. They were on fire early.”
“They did a very good job doubling Eric (Gordon) and made him work hard to get his shots.”
“They’ve improved quite a bit since the earlier game. Moore (E’Twaun) was tremendous tonight. We cut it to two a couple of times but just couldn’t get over the hump.”
“I’m very proud of the men our team has become.”
North Central’s Eric Gordon
“They made a lot of big shots. I thought we played tough on defense. They hit the big shots. That’s what it came down to. It was getting out of hand early. I thought it was the best two teams here. I’m glad we had the opportunity to be here. E’Twaun is a good player. We’ve got a lot of heart. We’ve been in that position before. It was a good atmosphere. It was great to see a lot of fans here.”