Words: Josh Horen
Centennial varsity boys basketball had four of the top leading scorers in the county last season. Three out of those four players will be returning for their senior season. The highest scoring returning varsity player is forward, senior Kaleb Addisu, who averaged 9 points per game and had a season high of 19 points. The second leading scorer who is returning for their senior season is point guard Andrew Hohmann, who averaged 8.7 points per game with a season high of 18 points. Lastly, the third returning leading scorer is senior point guard Sean Taylor, who averaged 7.6 points along with a season high of 19 points.
Who they will be missing:
The Eagles varsity basketball team will be playing without the help of three-year varsity standout Elijah White who graduated last year. White led the team in scoring last year with 11.8 points per game. However, his scoring total won’t be the only thing the Eagles will miss. Having played three years on varsity, White had tons of playoff experience as well as a state ring. His veteran leadership and experience will be missed. While White was a veteran on the varsity team, Hohmann and Addisu have been playing on the varsity for three seasons and have made the playoffs. Their post-season play and abundance of regular season minutes played on the varsity level will help to guide the team.
Centennial’s quick start to the season propelled them to a 17-8 overall record last season. Despite the above-average record, Centennial struggled against Wilde Lake last year. Wilde Lake had Centennial’s number, sweeping the series against them including knocking them out of the playoffs. Although Centennial had no answer for Wilde Lake, they did have an answer for in-county rival, Mt. Hebron, beating them both times they faced off.
Games to watch for this year:
December 13th, 2017: CHS @ Mt. Hebron- Centennial will face off against their archrival Mt. Hebron. This game is the premiere game of the county and you can always expect a sold-out crowd along with high intensity.
January 17th, 2018: CHS @ River Hill- River Hill is the reigning county champion. This game will feature two of the county’s top tier teams and could possibly have playoff implications on the line.
January 31st, 2018: CHS @ Wilde Lake: Wilde Lake swept Centennial and knocked them out of the playoffs last season, so expect Centennial to come out with a sense of vengeance.
Projected Starting Five:
Sean Taylor (12)
Corey Eudell (12)
Andrew Hohmann (12)
Kaleb Addisu (12)
Jaden Williams (12)
Players to watch for:
Shawn Hill (12)
Hayden Ford (12)
Stafford Smith (11)
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