Words: Michael Moore
Photos: Martha Hutzell and Caroline Oppenheimer
On Wednesday, March 5, the Centennial boys’ basketball team took on the Mt. Hebron Vikings in the regional semi-finals at Centennial, coming away victorious, 58-38.
It was an electric atmosphere at the opening tip as Centennial took the first possession. Sophomore Tom Brown established himself inside getting multiple rebounds early in the game. The first quarter was low scoring, with the Eagles leading 10-7 going into the second quarter. Junior Isaiah White had four points in the first.
The Eagles got off to a hot start in the second quarter, dominating the time of possession. The Vikings were called for a technical foul mid-way through the second quarter, and momentum seemed to be in the Centennial’s favor. The Eagles continued their long possessions, and the Vikings played sloppy, leading to a 19-13 Centennial lead at the half.
Mt. Hebron scored two quick baskets at the start of the third quarter, but Brown stopped that run with a nice move inside. The low scoring continued for both teams. They traded baskets throughout the quarter until the Eagles scored two quick baskets of their own to end the quarter. Centennial had the lead, and all the momentum going into the final quarter.
The Eagles picked up where they left off in the fourth. The Vikings scored a 3-pointer early, but it was all Centennial from there. The Eagles capitalized on many Mt. Hebron turnovers and the Eagles were able to pull away. Junior Chad Strothers came alive in the final quarter, going to the basket hard, and converting on most of his opportunities in the paint. Seniors Chase Conley and Walter Fletcher played very well on the defensive end, causing multiple Viking turnovers that led to points in transition for the Eagles. Fletcher was also a key player on the offensive end, scoring 10 points in the game. White finished with 22 points, Strothers had 13, Brown and Fletcher finished with 10, and seniors Robert Wilkin and Conley finished with one and two points, respectively.
The Eagles traveled to City High School tonight to play for the regional championship game.