Davie on Nevada- Martin twins – bandwagon
Published 9:59 am Thursday, March 22, 2018
Ask any Carolina fan in Davie County who they’re pulling for in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA basketball tournament, and they’ll likely give an answer quickly.
So are hundreds of fans of other teams, as well.
Davie natives Caleb and Cody Martin play for the Wolf Pack of Nevada, and both have been instrumental not only in Nevada’s best season ever – but in two amazing come-from-behind tournament wins, as well.
Nevada will take on Loyola of Chicago just after 7 p.m. Thursday in Atlanta.
Nevada trailed Texas by 14 points in the second half, but came back to win in overtime. It was behind Cincinatti by 22 points in the second half, and came back to win again, giving them a spot in the Sweet 16.
“Man, this is crazy,” Cody said during a news conference after the Cincinatti win. “Everybody’s smiling. We have a great energy about our team.”
He said Nevada had been counted out long before the tournament began, but persevered. “Our team is resilient. We have a lot of chemistry. We’re like brothers.”
Well, Cody and Caleb are brothers, difficult for many to tell apart.
Against Texas, Caleb had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Against Cincinatti, he had 10 points and five rebounds.
Cody scored 15 points against Texas, grabbed four rebounds, handed out six assists and blocked four shots. Against Cincinatti, he had 25 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The twins played at Davie High School, before transferring Oak Hill Academy, where they played on a nationally-caliber high school team.
They played for two years at N.C. State before transferring to Nevada. It turns out to have been a good move for both, who are becoming household names in that part of the country.
Caleb said the team plays hard, and makes few mistakes. They do, however, need to get off to better starts, he said.
Intern Andrew Marshall contributed to this article.