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Carter’s touch leads Morton to victory

12/21/2012, 9:30pm CST
By George M. Wilcox

Morton used Greg Carter’s 21 first quarter points to roll to an easy 67-55 West Suburban Gold victory Friday night.

In one quarter, Greg Carter nearly matched his season-high point total for a single game.

The Morton junior guard was one more 3-pointer away from nearly tripling Hinsdale South’s point total for the first quarter by scoring 21 of his game-high 26 points in the opening eight minutes.

Carter scored two baskets in the first two minutes of the game, but scored four consecutive baskets at one point for the Mustangs in an easy 67-55 West Suburban Gold victory Friday night.

“I didn’t know what was happening,” Carter said. “It was going in.”

Carter’s Midas touch only lasted the first quarter, but it led to a 29-8 lead after one quarter for the Mustangs (7-1, 3-0), who have won seven in a row and haven’t lost since their season opener to Fenwick.

The game was a tuneup for Morton’s debut at the Proviso West Holiday tournament at 5:15 p.m. Saturday against Dunbar.

Carter scored 23 points in the first half. Carter pushed past his previous season high of five 3-pointers in a game with his sixth three-pointer on his first shot to begin the second half. He missed his next six shot attempts in the game, but the damage was done.

Hinsdale South (2-7, 1-3) was already shell-shocked and only made the score closer by going on a 21-4 run to end the game in the fourth quarter.

The Hornets, which trailed 41-22 at the half, have lost six of their last seven games, but do not have too much time to fret while playing Bloom at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Crete-Monee Shootout.

“My post game speech was pretty short,” Hornets coach Tanner Mitchell said. “I told them, ‘What’s great about tonight, is that we play tomorrow.’”

Larry Motuzis led Hinsdale South with 12 points and Tyler Zampa and Marcel Phillips had 10 each.

Carter’s previous season high was 24 points in wins over Larkin Dec. 1 and U-High Dec. 8. He made five 3-pointers while scoring 16 points Nov. 23 in a 76-61 win over Lyons. Carter entered the game averaging 16.1 points on the season.

Waller Perez had 20 points and seven rebounds in the game. He scored 16 points in the second half.

“(Carter) has been getting a lot better lately,” Morton coach Tony Martinucci said. “He feeds off his defense. He’s been a lot better on defense and with steals. He’s also strong around the basket.”

Since losing to Fenwick 66-50 Nov. 21, Larkin came closest to upsetting the Mustangs, but Morton won 63-62.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence right now,” Carter said. “Hopefully, we’ll play well tomorrow.”

Morton scored the game’s first nine points against the Hornets in one-and-a-half minutes. Carter made three consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter to give the Mustangs an 18-6 lead and then Carter added a steal and a layup to make the score 20-6.

Morton shot 12 of 16 from the field while Hinsdale shot 3-for-14 in the opening quarter.

“I told the kids, ‘We were not ready to go. You have to be ready to go,’” Mitchell said.

Morton senior Rodrigo Nava provided two highlights with a steal and two-handed dunk in the fourth quarter that brought some of the crowd out of their seats. Nava provided a light moment to begin the game when he took off his warmup top after the pre-game introduction to reveal that he had put his jersey on backward.

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