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Chris Cartwright – 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Chris Cartwright can be described a lot of different ways, veteran, mentor, ABA all star, but his Binghamton Bulldog teammates call him their captain.

“He’s the heart of our team, lion heart that is what we call him,” said Binghamton Bulldogs head coach Reggie Hawkins. “He is the captain, nobody with a bigger heart that I have ever seen in my life.”

Cartwright has flat out dominated for Binghamton this season and leads the team in scoring, averaging over 20 points a game.

“If i need him to run the team he averages about ten assists a game but if you need him to score he will get you 40, he has done it multiple times this year he has done it all,” said Hawkins.

When Cartwright joined the Bulldogs in 2017, it was much more than he anticipated.

I thought it was going to be just a little bit of rec ball but it turned out to be a little more professional than I thought it would be,” said Binghamton Bulldogs guard Chris Cartwright.

Now, he has lead his team to another 20 win season, a playoff berth, and a national ranking.

“It is definitely a blessing, I give all praise to God, like I said a lot of injuries throughout the year, some of the shots I hit I don’t even know how I hit but that is preparation and being in the gym and putting in the work,” said Cartwright.

Cartwright’s success extends way beyond the basketball court. the Binghamton High School alumni is one of the leaders of the Bulldogs AAU program which helps to give back to the community he calls home.

“Spend as much time as I can with the young guys who are trying to develop their game and I work at the children’s home helping at risk youth I like giving people an opportunity that I really wasn’t given when I was younger which is a good mentor somebody that is willing to go above and beyond for you,” said Cartwright.

But for the rest of the 2019 campaign, Cartwright only has one goal in mind

“Win the chip, we are the defending champions holding onto that crown and keeping it where it belongs,” said Cartwright.

The Bulldogs playoff run will continue Saturday night at Davis College. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Jacob Seus

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