No. 3 Walbrook survives Centennial, 50-38 Class 3A, Region III

March 04, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

No. 3 Walbrook started and finished strongly last night against Centennial. What happened in between, however, almost caused the Warriors trouble.

Top-seeded Walbrook scored the first 11 points of the game and 14 of the final 20, and Troy Parker scored a game-high 20 as the Warriors defeated fourth-seeded and visiting Centennial, 50-38, in a Class 3A, Region III semifinal.

Walbrook moves on to the regional final against Southern tomorrow.

Centennial (18-6) was a surprise opponent for Walbrook (19-3). The Warriors were supposed to play Douglass, a 59-57 winner over Centennial on Monday in a quarterfinal playoff.

Douglass found it had used an in eligible player in that game and turned itself in, losing the victory.

Walbrook had its own troubles, though, as starters Antwan Wingo and Andre Rafus -- the team's two high scorers -- missed the game. Coach Gus Herrington suspended the two for one game for breaking team rules. Reserve Marvin Matthews, a reserve, also got suspended.

Walbrook threatened to blow the game open immediately. Parker scored four as the Warriors took an 11-0 lead in the first 90 seconds. Centennial coach Jim Hill called a timeout, and the Eagles began to regroup.

Damian Biggs (13 points) then scored nine in the quarter as Centennial cut the lead to 18-11 after one. Centennial's 2-3 zone defense started to give Walbrook trouble, and the game stayed close until the fourth quarter.

"We've been playing up and down lately," said Herrington. "I think they wanted to slow the ball down, and that took us out of our game."

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