Centennial's sharing approach goes awry: Laycock scores 21

January 04, 1996|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Centennial coach Jim Hill has heard only one complaint so far this season. It comes from his players' parents who wonder why he does not provide area newspapers with the Eagles' leading scorers.

"It's not that I don't call; it's just that we distribute the scoring so much that our top scorer [Denny Chapman] averages just 11.1 points per game and that doesn't even crack the bottom of the list in The Sun," Hill said.

Centennial junior forward Matt Laycock, however, stepped up his offensive game last night with 21 points as the Eagles (6-1, 1-0) opened the Howard County league schedule with a 71-59 win over host Glenelg (4-2, 0-1).

"I got it going early out there as some baskets dropped and everybody on the team could sense it," said Laycock, who added nine rebounds, four assists and two steals to his all-around game.

Laycock and the Eagles never trailed Glenelg, taking a 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. They forced five Gladiator turnovers by applying full-court pressure and mixing defenses.

Centennial point guard Scott Bross chipped in eight of his 14 points -- five above his season average -- in the opening quarter.

"Centennial did a real nice job changing defenses and we just didn't recognize it early in the game," said Glenelg coach Klaude Krannebitter.

A 12-2 run by Centennial to open the second quarter ballooned the Eagles' advantage to a 17-point lead with 3:29 left in the half. The Eagles' swarming defense forced another seven Glenelg turnovers and limited the host Gladiators to just one shot in the first four minutes of the second quarter.

Laycock took over the Eagles' offense in the third quarter, scoring 10 points, hauling in six rebounds and dishing out two assists. However, Glenelg slowly began battling back behind the inside presence of senior center Robin Davis, who scored 11 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter.

"We just gave them too many easy baskets in the paint," Krannebitter said.

Glenelg pulled up to 63-51 on a three-pointer by senior guard Mike Stup (seven points). Then two assists by Laycock, to senior forward George Mitroka (12 points) and to Bross, pushed Centennial back in front by 16.

"We're coming off a good tournament at North Carroll," said Laycock. "We beat Fallston and Francis Scott Key for the title there and we hope we can just keep this going."

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