With Biggs on hand, Eagles take aim at first county title BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW Centennial

December 04, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Think Biggs. That's the word around Centennial this season. The Eagles have the best returning boys basketball player in the county in 6-foot-3 senior forward Damian Biggs.

Last year, Biggs averaged 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds and led the Eagles to an upset of five-time county champion Oakland Mills by scoring 35 points in the final regular-season game. Oakland Mills went 12-2 in the league, winning its fifth straight title.

But Biggs is only part of a team that Centennial hopes will win its first county title.

The Eagles return seven players coming off their best season ever, 14-9 overall and 8-6 in the league. The Eagles lost in the regional semifinals to DuVal of Prince George's County.

Nearly every coach in the league mentions Centennial and Wilde Lake as the teams to beat -- despite Oakland Mills' five straight county titles.

To live up to that preseason hype, the Eagles must get maximum production from Biggs and junior shooting guard Seann Jones, who averaged 12.5 points after he broke into the starting lineup in the final seven games last season.

Brian Hulka, a slender 6-2 forward, also is looked to offensively. He can score inside or outside and is a smart rebounder. He made the all-star team at a Syracuse summer camp.

Mark James, a 5-8 senior point guard, saw little action last season, but was the most valuable player of the Syracuse summer camp. He's quick and can shoot -- a pesky type of player.

Mark Lee, a 6-1 senior forward, returns with his quickness and jumping ability. He averaged 7.5 points last season.

Chris Bosely, a 6-4 senior forward, should see plenty of playing time. Centennial's other returnee is senior center Brett Berkeley, who is not expected to start.

Five players up from junior varsity should give the Eagles depth. Dave Hudson, a junior forward, can shoot and knows the game.

Kurt Weitzel is a junior guard with a blue-collar work ethic and a nice shooting touch. Kevin O'Connor is a 6-3 sophomore center.

Joe Mellendick, Will Latta, Trevor Groves and Morgan Kershner are junior guards.

"We should be highly competitive," coach Jim Hill said. "We lack size but have above-average speed and can run or play a half-court game. I think we're at least 10 deep."

The Eagles have made the playoffs five of the last six seasons and should make them again this season. Centennial is the only school never to have won the county boys basketball title.

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