Centennial rallies past Wilde Lake

Eagles maintain share of first with 70-67 win

Boys basketball

February 16, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Pat McAfee doesn't believe Centennial gets its due.

"Even though we've done good things in the county we don't get the respect I think we deserve," said McAfee.

That should change. The Eagles, who lost to Wilde Lake by 32 points earlier this season, walked out of the Widlecats' gym last night with a 70-67 victory, keeping their title hopes alive.

McAfee, a 6-foot-5 center, scored a career-high 27 points, and Centennial (12-4, 14-6) rallied from nine points down with seven minutes left to stay tied with Oakland Mills for first place.

Wilde Lake (13-7, 10-6) was without inside threat Jerome Parkinson, who did not attend the game. Still, the Widlecats took a 63-54 lead on Jeff Bright's basket with seven minutes left.

Centennial answered with a 12-2 run for a 66-65 lead with 2: 16 to play. Scott Kincaid had five points, including a three-pointer that put the Eagles ahead, Anthony McPhail added four points, and Kirk Tyree had a three-point play.

Bright was fouled attempting a three-pointer on the next possession.

He made the first with 1: 58 left, then missed the second. Before he took the third shot, officials noticed blood on his arm and he had to go to the bench. Roben Alston came in and hit the other free throw for Wilde Lake's final lead, 67-66.

Kincaid, who finished with 22 points, put the Eagles ahead, 68-67, with 1: 42 left. Thirteen seconds elapsed before the officials noticed blood on the uniform of Wilde Lake's David Martin, who scored 19 of his team-high 21 points in the first half. He left the court, and returned in a practice jersey without a number.

Martin missed a three-pointer with 73 seconds, and McPhail got the rebound. Centennial controlled the ball, and Wilde Lake was forced to foul. Kincaid missed the first of a one-and-one, but Kevin Laycock stole the ball at the other end and was fouled. He made both free throws with 28 seconds left for a three-point cushion.

Bright's shot at the buzzer to tie the game rimed out.

"We're not ready to give up," said Martin, whose team has lost four straight. "But this is disappointing because I feel we're the best team in the county, and we're not playing like it."

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