Centennial impressive in 60-47 win No. 13 Eagles handle Conwell, Oakland Mills

January 19, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial's 60-47 victory yesterday over perennial power Oakland Mills may raise a few eyebrows around the county.

But to those who watched the game, the Eagles' dominant performance was basic.

Thirteenth-ranked Centennial (8-1 overall, 3-0 league) controlled the tempo, shot better than Oakland Mills, rebounded better, and its defense shut down every Oakland Mills player except for Irving Conwell (21 points, eight rebounds, four steals).

"One of our game plans was to let Irving get his points and shut down everyone else," said point guard Scott Bross (16 points, four rebounds). Bross held Oakland Mills' second-leading scorer, Fardan Carter, to seven points.

Centennial's leading scorer and rebounder, 6-foot-3 junior center Matt Laycock (18 points, seven rebounds), got into early foul trouble and sat out 10 minutes. But he was productive in the second half, when he scored 13 points and had five rebounds.

"This was a big confidence booster for us, because people could say we really hadn't beaten anybody. But Oakland Mills (4-3, 2-1) has been a dominant team in the county, so hopefully this will give us respect," Laycock said. "Our big thing today was to keep them from getting second shots."

Centennial beat Oakland Mills on the boards, 32-25.

The Eagles took a 35-25 lead at the half on a three-pointer at the buzzer by Aaron Williams.

"I thought that shot was a pivotal play in the game," Centennial coach Jim Hill said. "Our goal was to win each quarter and we did."

Oakland Mills never got its offense rolling.

"It was a terrible game," Conwell said. "I didn't shoot well."

The Scorpions made just 19 of 59 shots from the floor, and seven of 15 at the foul line. Conwell made one of six free throws.

Centennial made 20 of 54 shots from the floor and was 19-for-26 at the line.

Oakland Mills never made a run at Centennial in the second half, and fell behind, 60-40, with just under two minutes to play. Hill then put in the second team.

"We're kind of a quiet team with no superstars," Bross said. "We just play well as a team, and you never know who'll come alive for us offensively."

* Hammond 57, Atholton 47: Karl Friedham scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth period as Hammond (8-3, 2-1) topped visiting Atholton. Friedham also grabbed six rebounds for the Bears, who outscored the Raiders, 24-15, in the fourth.

Hammond point guard Tim Spruill added 15 points.

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