Tag: Boys Basketball

Centennial Drops Second Home Game of Season to Reservoir

Words: Josh Horen

The Centennial Eagles started their Wednesday night game on January 3 out of rhythm on offense and never got on the right track, losing to an undefeated in-county Reservoir Gators, 62-52.

The game started off with an incredibly slow pace and turnovers by both teams.

Both the Eagles and the Gators seemingly could not get their shots to fall in the first quarter, ending the quarter with a low score of 13-10 Reservoir.

Senior Kaleb Addisu, who had four points, followed by fellow seniors Andrew Hohmann and Jaden Williams who had two points each, led the scoring attack.

Senior Hayden Ford’s scratch from the line-up definitely had an impact on the lack of scoring and rebounding; he was unable to play because he missed the school day. On top of that, Centennial’s rebounding proved to be a huge problem during the game.

“We have to be tougher as a team: both mentally and physically. A lot of times we were in position but we just got outworked,” said senior Sean Taylor in regards to the team’s rebounding.

However, the second quarter, both offenses picked up their game.

Taylor buried a deep three-pointer to tie the game at 13-13, and then Reservoir went on a 4-1 run and took a 17-14 lead; however, a Williams behind the back dribble to evade the defender and then a pass to Hohmann for the lay-up for a one-point advantage quickly answered that run.

The second quarter, the Eagles played better offensively but still looked like they were missing something or were out of tune.

Addisu added five more points in the quarter, heading into halftime with a team-high nine points.

The Gators went into halftime carrying a 31-23 lead. An eight-point deficit at half seemed like a lot more than it actually was. The Eagles were sloppy on the glass, committed turnovers, and didn’t fully get their offense moving, yet were only down single digits at the half.

Centennial needed a big second half adjustment on offense if they wanted a chance to win this game.

The third quarter did not go the way Centennial players and fans would have liked it to go.

They were consistently down five to eight points and just could not close the gap on offense. With 1:45 left to play in the third quarter, the Eagles switched to a 2-3 zone, which just wasn’t effective. Centennial went into the fourth quarter trailing 45-36.

Within the first three minutes, the Eagles pulled to within just five points, but after that they got smeared, and the Gators ran away with the game with ease.

The Eagles offense was just not there tonight.

“With regards to the offense, it’s as simple as working together and knocking down some shots. Our teamwork has spurts of fluidity and spurts of disconnection. It’s not an issue of not knowing what we individually do best, it’s the effort to work for each other,” said Taylor, “we’ve unfortunately dug ourselves [into] a deep hole in the county; however,  it’s not insurmountable,” Taylor continued, “we’ve got to regroup and come with that fire and vengeance every game. Because of our frequent success year in and year out, teams put a target on us. We have to understand that and play with that intensity that we display against each other in practice,” Taylor concluded

The Gators now improve to 4-0 in the county while Centennial drops to 1-3 in the county.

The Eagles don’t have a lot of time to dwell on the loss as they face Howard on Friday January 5.

To see photos from tonight’s game, click here.

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Centennial Boys Basketball Picks Up Third Straight Win on the Road Against Long Reach High School

Words: Josh Horen

The Centennial Eagles boys varsity basketball notched their third straight victory and their first in-county win tonight in a thrilling victory over Long Reach, 69-67.

The Eagles had a slow start to the season dropping their first two games to Atholton High School and Mount Hebron High School. Since then, they have won three straight and seem to finally have picked up their offense.

Centennial, for the first four minutes of the first quarter, looked like they were ready to dismantle the Long Reach defense, jumping out to a 13-5 lead.

Senior Hayden Ford threw down back-to-back Shaquille O’Neal-esque dunks to put the Eagles up by eight points with 3:12 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Long Reach Lightning answered with a 5-0 run of their own to end the quarter at 13-10. Ford was by far the standout player of their quarter tallying eight points and a handful of rebounds.

However, the second quarter was when the game really started to take its shape.

Long Reach scored an easy two points, to carry over their scoring run from the end of the first quarter, cutting the Eagles lead to just one point.

After that basket, the two teams traded baskets back and forth the rest of the quarter. Senior Corey Eudell connected on two three-pointers and Ford added seven more points in an extremely fast paced second quarter.

With 1:24 remaining in the half, junior Stafford Smith nailed a three-pointer to extend the Eagle lead to eight points. With a little more basket trading left in the half, Centennial went into halftime carrying a 34-28 lead.

In the second quarter, the Lightning switched to a 2-3 zone which proved to be quite ineffective. The Eagles made three three-pointers as Ford was continuing to find holes in the defense and scoring.

The second quarter was an offensive explosion for both teams and the pace would stay just as fast throughout the rest of the game. Ford and Eudell were carrying the offensive workload in the half and the defense picked up their play. Ford finished the quarter with 15 points, going 5/7 from the free throw line. Eudell had nine points all from beyond the three-point line.

The Eagles didn’t slow down in the second half either.

Senior Andrew Hohmann kicked off the third quarter with his first three points of the game, and extended the lead to 37-28.

After that shot, the Eagles offense went quiet and the Lightning offense picked up their play. Long Reach went on a 7-0 run and pulled within two points.

Senior Sean Taylor decided enough was enough and he made his first basket of the game, nailing a clutch three-pointer to push the Eagles lead to five points.

After a Lightning basket, Taylor went on an offensive eruption, scoring seven consecutive Eagle points, including a smooth finger roll after dicing through the lane, and another three-pointer.

When asked about his break-out in the third quarter, Taylor was confident in his offense but credits it all to his effort and sticking to the game plan.

“I just tried to be that spark for the team. In order to keep our energy up, all five of us needed to have that intensity we always talk about. I just tried to help to control the game by simply trying to make play,” said Taylor

With 2:04 remaining in the third quarter, Centennial held a 49-41 lead but Long Reach wasn’t going away. After some Lightning lay-ups, a Shawn Hill lay-up, and another Eudell three-pointer, Long Reach cut the lead to just five points, trailing 57-52 heading into the fourth.

Just like the third quarter, Hohmann started off the quarter with another three-pointer, extending the lead to 60-52.

After a Taylor lay-up, the Eagles saw their lead grow to eight points. However, the Lightning’s unwillingness to call it quits ultimately propelled them right back into the game.

With 2:13 left in the fourth quarter, the Lightning scored a lay-up and pulled to within just three points.

The Lightning were at the free throw line when they missed the shot and Hohmann had a tremendous effort to grab a very key offensive rebound. After hoisting it down he threw the ball out to the top of the key where it was stolen and taken the other way by Long Reach. The lay-up was missed but he was fouled and went to the free throw line. He connected on only 1/2 shots.

The Eagles were up 67-65 after that miss, but the Lightning got the ball again and tied the game at 67 a piece with 45 seconds left.

The Eagles had the ball and they were inbounding from their bench sideline. Hohmann got ahold of the ball, cut through the lane, and made what was ultimately the game winning shot.

When asked about the play and the shot, Hohmann was very blunt.

“The play was designed and the thought going through my head was to make the shot,” Hohmann stated.

Whatever was going through his head must’ve worked because the Eagles picked up their first in-county win tonight and the offense played out of their mind.

When asked about the offense’s performance, Eudell says that’s always what the Eagles strive for.

“That’s our goal every night, to get in rhythm as our offense flows and to get hot, and tonight we did that. To keep the offense flowing we have to cut down on turnovers and keep making the extra pass to push the ball,” explained Eudell.

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Centennial Boys Fall To Hebron

Words: Josh Horen    Photos: Sydney Beck

It took Mount Hebron five seasons to do it, but tonight they finally took down the Centennial Eagles by a score of 61-50.

The Mount Hebron vs. Centennial basketball game is one where the tickets are always sold out, and the fans are always insane. However, the Eagles needed a little bit more than just a roaring student section to get the job done tonight.

After last week’s dramatic loss to Atholton, Centennial was determined to get back on track with a win tonight.

The first man off the bench for the Eagles was Senior Shawn Hill. He got the call off the bench very early on and he brought the energy and the grit Centennial needed. He fought for rebounds, he dove for loose balls, and most importantly, he provided the offense.

After being called off the bench, Hill single-handedly brought the team back to life, and brought them the lead 10-7. He scored five points in less than three minutes and finished the quarter with nine points to give Centennial the 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Hill clearly stood out for the Eagles and was the focal point for the offense. The Eagles seemed to be playing with more poise and their defense was much more disciplined than last game.

After starting off the second quarter with a turnover, and letting Hebron tie the game within the first 35 seconds, Centennial found their groove very soon.

After allowing four straight points to the Vikings to open up the second quarter, Centennial’s Hill and fellow senior Sean Taylor ran the show.

Between the two players, they either scored or assisted on the next six Centennial points, heading a 6-0 run.

Hill had a lay-in off of a silky Taylor pass to tie the game at 16-16. The very next possession was followed up with a Taylor pull-up jumper from the free throw line to take a two-point lead, which was followed by another Taylor to Hill connection.

With 3:44 to play in the second quarter, the score was knotted at 20-20 before Hill made a beautiful defensive play and junior Stafford Smith capitalized on the Viking turnover with a lay-up to take the lead.

By halftime, Centennial found themselves down by one point, 29-28. The Vikings were out-rebounding the Eagles and were shooting better from the free throw line. Hill was most definitely the offensive weapon the Eagles needed, leading the way with 13 points, followed by Taylor with four points and a handful of assists. Senior center Hayden Ford saw limited minutes due to very early foul trouble.

The third quarter, however, was not generous to the Eagles.

Hebron tied the game with a free throw at 29-29 before erupting for an 8-0 run including back-to-back 3-pointers. With 4:48 left to play in the third quarter, Centennial was in an eight-point hole they seemingly could not dig out of.

The Vikings held a 40-29 lead with just over three minutes left in the quarter. After an offensive barrage from Hebron, Centennial was down 48-35 heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.

In order to regain the lead the Eagles needed stellar play out of their seniors, and better perimeter defense to slow Hebron’s 3-point shooting down.

After a quick 3-pointer, a Corey Eudell finish, and a Taylor 3-pointer, the Eagles cut the deficit to just six points with less than 2:30 remaining.

However, Centennial just could not get a shot to fall when they needed it most and they met their demise again tonight, dropping their second straight game.

Free throws again were an issue tonight, shooting 56% for the game and making only 1/4 of them in the fourth quarter.

Many fans were surprised to see the lack of playing time in the second half for Hill, who shined in the first half and seemed to be the answer offensively.

The team is frustrated with the loss, but don’t think that they are discouraged by this tough loss.

“I will always remain confident. I think a lot of our hiccups stem from our individual and team mental state. Overall though, I feel as if it won’t take long before we get clicking on all cylinders,” said Taylor, “the best is ahead of us and I will remain faithful in the team’s abilities. We have another chance to remedy our loss on Friday against Long Reach; we will be ready,”

Friday, December 15, the Eagles go on the road again to take on Long Reach High School. Centennial looks to pick up their first win of the season and start bringing back the winning culture.

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Centennial vs. Mount Hebron Preview

Words: Josh Horen

After a disappointing loss in their season opener, Centennial boys varsity basketball is looking to bounce back on Wednesday, December 13 against their biggest rival, Mount Hebron High School.

After losing a double-digit lead late in the game against the Atholton Raiders, Centennial needs to defend better later in the game and make free throws down the stretch. Centennial shot just a hair over 50% from the line on Friday night, making only 14/27 free throws. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles only made 4/10 free throws, which certainly contributed to the close loss.

Mount Hebron also lost in their county opener, losing 70-58 to Long Reach High School. In the last five years, Mount Hebron has seriously struggled against Centennial. Dating all the way back to the 2012-2013 season, Mt. Hebron has dropped 10 straight match-ups against Centennial, making this one of the most lopsided rivalries in the county. If Centennial can shoot better from the line, defend better in transition, and continue to rack up the offensive boards, the Eagles should find themselves 1-1 on the year.

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