Martez Walker leads second half comeback

Martez Walker is without question one of the top high school freshman prospects in America. And he proved it against Bullitt East Thursday night by leading his Central Park Christian team to a come from behind victory with a strong second half performance.

Martez Walker is without question one of the top high school freshman prospects in America. And he proved it against Bullitt East Thursday night by leading his Central Park Christian team to a come from behind victory with a strong second half performance.

Walker, the Eagles leading scorer at 15 points per game, started slowly out of the gates. Coming off the bench, the 6-6 guard was largely ineffective in the first half as his team trailed by 13 at the break.

Apparently, a halftime pep talk from the Central Park's coaches was all it took to get Walker into high gear during the final 16 minutes of action.

"In the first half, I was was just getting warmed up and trying to stay under control," Walker explained. "At halftime, my coach pulled me aside and told me I had to play smarter with the basketball."

Walker got the ball rolling early in the third quarter, grabbing an offensive rebound off his own missed shot and putting it back for his first basket of the night. Minutes later, Walker flashed his perimeter skills, draining two key three-pointers from the wing to bring the Eagles within striking distance. When the third frame ended, Walker had scored 10 points and his team took a one-point lead into the final quarter against the hot-shooting Chargers.

With both trading baskets early in the final period, Walker made an important steal on the press, took two dribbles toward the basket and delivered a monster left-handed tom-a-hawk jam that turned the tide in favor of the Eagles.

"I had to get them, I had to get the dunk," Walker said. "I couldn't lay it up."

Walker, whose team will play University of Louisville signee Chad Millard and Brewster Academy Saturday night at Louisville Gardens in the Louisville Roundball Classic, finished with 12 points.

"We played real good," Walker said. "We came out and played real hard in the second half after they got a lead on us in the first half."

The 6-6 freshman has scored in double-figures in 13 of Central Park's first 17 games this season, including a season-high 22 points.


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