Centennial overtakes Wilde Lake, 45-40 Bross' free throws keep team unbeaten in league

January 23, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial point guard Scott Bross celebrated his birthday yesterday with a metamorphosis at the foul line.

Shooting just 50 percent at the line for the season, the junior made all six of his free throws in the last minute, seven seconds of the fourth quarter to lift the league-leading Eagles past Wilde Lake, 45-40.

The loss knocked the Wildecats out of a tie for second place and kept the fourteenth-ranked Eagles (9-1 overall, 4-0 league) unbeaten in league competition.

"I've been pretty poor at the line all season, but I told my coach I'd hit them when they counted," Bross said.

Bross (11 points, five steals) also contributed a three-point basket with 2:10 left to play that gave his team a 37-31 lead.

The shot came just when Centennial needed a pick-me-up, 27 seconds after Eagles center Matt Laycock (10 points, six rebounds) fouled out.

Bross' free throws answered a furious Wilde Lake attempt at a rally in the final minute.

Jeff Johnson sank three-point shots with 47 seconds left and 36 seconds left, but Bross followed each basket with two free throws.

Bross' final two free throws made it 44-39 with 32 seconds left, and clinched it for the Eagles, who produced a strong defensive effort, especially in the second half when they caused 20 Wilde Lake turnovers. Wilde Lake (4-6, 2-2) turned over the ball 28 times .

Centennial's Brian Otten (12 points, five steals, three rebounds) played a strong all-around game and guarded 6-8 Wilde Lake center Carl Jackson in the second half because teammates Matt Laycock and G.A. Mitroka got into first-half foul trouble.

Jackson (10 points, 16 rebounds) scored only four points in the second half.

* Oakland Mills 76, Howard 65: Irving Conwell scored a school-record 43 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Oakland Mills topped visiting Howard.

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