Tag: Boys Basketball

Centennial Varsity Boys Basketball Lose Season Opener Against Atholton

Words: Josh Horen

In what was a very up-and-down kind of game, the Centennial Eagles dropped their season opener in heart breaking fashion against the Atholton Raiders, with a final score of 69-62.

It was a face-paced game from the tip off, as the Raiders jumped out to a 7-4 lead early. Centennial answered with a 6-0 run of their own and for the rest of the first quarter it was a back and fourth affair. With 4:16 to go in the first quarter, Centennial senior Hayden Ford came off the bench and provided an immediate spark, making several big time shots including an ally-oop lay-up with 25 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Atholton was holding onto a one point lead heading into the second quarter, 16-15. Centennial’s nerves were a huge factor as they committed sloppy turnovers, and seemed out of sync on the offensive end. Ford was the only thing clicking offensively for Centennial in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Eagles started to find their offensive groove, outscoring the Raiders by 8 points. Ford again was grabbing down offensive rebound after offensive rebound and either finishing it or making it to the free throw line. With 6:30 to go in the second quarter, Ford gathered himself in the post and threw down a thunderous slam which sent the Centennial crowd into a frenzy. Atholton was hanging tough though, pulling within four points of Centennial with 2:30 to go. Senior Andrew Hohmann nailed a three-pointer to put the Eagles up 31-24 and Senior Shawn Hill provided points and energy off the bench to help extend the lead.

After a Stafford Smith lay-up, Centennial found themselves up 37-26 at the break. Ford led all scorers with 13 points and Hill dumped in seven points to boost Centennial’s lead. Centennial was looking like they would run away with the game after the first half but the Raiders didn’t quit just yet.

Despite the higher scoring in the first half, senior Sean Taylor thought the Eagles weren’t playing at the pace they wanted to.

“Our transition defense hurt us and we failed to get back on defense early in the game. On the offensive end we allowed them to speed us up a bit, which then lead to turnovers,” said Taylor.

The Eagles came out of halftime scorching hot. With a little under 5 minutes to play in the third quarter, back to back 3’s by Hohmann and fellow senior Corey Eudell extended Centennial’s lead, making it 47-33. Ford was continuing to put in the dirty work in the paint and just kept on providing offensively for the Eagles.

However, the Eagles watched their lead dwindle in the final minute of the third quarter.  The Raiders closed out the quarter on a 7-2 run, including a buzzer beater at the end of the third to close the gap to four points.

Centennial held onto a 54-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but Atholton was gaining momentum. After a Taylor go-ahead 2 pointer Centennial was leading 58-57 before Atholton took a full timeout.

After the timeout, Atholton sunk a lay-up with 4:30 left to play to take the lead 59-58. After that shot, Atholton never lost their lead. The Raiders closed out their win on a 7-2 run again and Centennial could not seem to get a shot to fall.

After a very tough loss, Taylor is ready to bounce back and he doesn’t want to harp on the loss too much.

“All in all, we will see them again and we will be better and fix our mistakes. We understand that it is early in the season but that is not to be seen as excuse. Only way to go is up from here,” said Taylor.Centennial surely can’t dwell on the loss too much because their next game is against their arch-rival, Mount Hebron.

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Girls Varsity Basketball Season Preview

Words: Josh Horen

Last season’s notes:

The Centennial Girl’s Varsity basketball team ended the season with an overall record of 10-12 with an in-county record of 6-10. After going 3-1 in their first four games of the season, the team had a bumpy ride to the finish, going 7-11 to close out the year. They met their demise in the playoffs early, losing in the first round to River Hill High School.

New Faces:

Over the off-season, Centennial hired a new Girl’s Varsity head coach, Robet Slopek. Slopek is not new to the girl’s basketball scene. He spent five years as the Girl’s varsity basketball coach here at Centennial, claiming the Howard County coach of the year award in 2010. He then left Centennial to coach at Stevenson University in Maryland where he spent seven years on the coaching staff. Now back at Centennial, his coaching style has definitely changed the practice and impacted the team dynamic.

Junior Captain Ashley Molz said, “The coaching change has made practices more competitive and has made us work as a more cohesive unit. The team is more receptive to the new ideas and has a lot of passion.”

Expectations for the new season:

Despite having a losing record last season, the team lacks no confidence and expects to be a threat in the county. Molz said, “Our expectations are very high this season. We expect to be the team with the most endurance and a top contender in county play. We are working towards winning regionals and states.”

Missing from last year:

The Girls team will be without former captain Jasmine McCree this season, who is now a freshman in college. She was s stand-out athlete on the team and was a main source of offense for them. She was a veteran leader and someone who lead with her stellar play on the court. The Eagles will also be without former captain Sandy Eichhorn who was one of only two seniors on the team last year and had experience to help the younger talents on the team. With their departure, it makes room for Sophomore Rasa Welsh, Junior Ashley Molz, and Senior Mary-Grace Lambert to take on a bigger offensive role and take over the leadership roles.

Projected starting five:

The Projected starting five for the 2017-2018 season is Sophomore Rasa Welsh, Sophomore Brook Anderson, Junior Chandler Worthy, Junior Ashley Molz, and Senior Mary-Grace Lambert.

Good games to watch for:

CHS @ LRHS- December 15th, 2017-  Long Reach and Centennial battled last year, splitting the season series. The Lightning beat the Eagles by 19 points in their first affair, but the Eagles came back to even the series with a decisive two point victory.

CHS @ RHS- January 3rd, 2018- Centennial really struggled against the Gators last year, dropping both games they played. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles can overturn their recent losing skid against them this season.

CHS vs. HHS- January 5th, 2018- The Lions are the reigning county champions. If Centennial can compete with the Lions then they will be a top threat in Howard County.

Team Captains:

The Captains on the 2017-2018 team are Junior Ashley Molz, Senior Gracie Rockefeller, and Senior Mary-Grace Lambert.

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Boys JV Basketball To Face Atholton In First Game Of Season

Words: Joey Sedlacko

The 2017-2018 season will begin on Friday for JV Basketball as the team goes on the road to face Atholton. The game will tip off at 5:15 p.m. Last season, Centennial JV faced Atholton for the first game of the year and also played a second game in February during the latter half of the season. In both matchups last season, Centennial JV came away victorious winning 60-25 and 52-38.

Atholton looks to bounce back from a below .500 record at 8 wins 11 losses while Centennial looks to continue its success after coming off an impressive 19 win and 3 loss season. However, previous seasons will not matter when they face off on Friday night. Centennial JV looks to start the 2017-2018 right with a “w” in the win column.

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JV Boys Basketball Season Preview

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Basketball season is just around the corner as the 2017-2018 season tips off at 5:15 p.m. on December 8 when Centennial will be on the road versus Atholton for the first game of the regular season. Coming off an impressive 19-3 record (14-2 in county play), Centennial JV basketball looks to continue its dominance in the junior varsity basketball scene. After losing the county championship to Reservoir in a heartbreaking fashion when Reservoir sank a game-winning buzzer-beater three-pointer last year, the team’s goal this season is to win the county championship.

Head coach Christian Sanders reloads his team with 14 players.  The team is returning six sophomores and adding eight freshmen. The newcomers will have to learn the Centennial basketball system, and those returning will provide experience and leadership for the first-year players.  The team will be losing three of its five top scorers from last year, as they will be moving up to the varsity level.

However, sophomore guard Matt Schickner is looking forward to a successful season.  “The team is working hard at practice and our offense is shaping up well and we’re improving our defense,” Schickner stated.

The Centennial basketball program invests a heavy amount of time and effort into junior varsity basketball not only to prepare players for the varsity level but also to continue the success at the JV level. Over the past three seasons, the JV team has won 54 games and only lost 12.

Big games to look out for this season will be on January 3 and February 14 versus Reservoir and also December 12 and February 2 versus Mount Hebron. Last season, the team’s only two county defeats were to Reservoir by a total of a mere three points. The games versus Mount Hebron are always exciting due to the historic rivalry between the two schools.

The projected starting five are Matt Schicker (10) at point guard, Ty Sams (10) at shooting guard, Jeong Hwang (10) and Joey Sedlacko (10) at forward, and Brandon Bonner (10) at center.

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Centennial vs. Atholton Varsity Boys Preview

Words: Josh Horen

Centennial Varsity Boys basketball opens up their season Friday night at Atholton High School for the first regular season game of the year. The Eagles find themselves in a very familiar spot as they opened up the 2016-2017 season against the Raiders as well.

Although last year was a narrowly decided win for Centennial, 60-55, expect this year to be a little different. With a completely new make-up of the starting five, don’t be surprised if you see multiple players on the starting five scoring in double figures, including Sean Taylor, Andrew Hohmann, and Kaleb Addisu. Watch for Hayden Ford to make an impact coming off the bench, and I predict Centennial will roll over Atholton to start off the 2017-2018 season.

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Centennial Boys Varsity Basketball Preview For 2017-2018 Season

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.

Season Summary:

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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