Central runs away and ousts Centennial

PG dynamo dictates pace, tramples Eagles, 86-64

Boys regional semifinals

High Schools

March 03, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

CAPITOL HEIGHTS -- Centennial hoped to slow down the game and play for conservative shots in its Class 2A South region semifinal against Central last night.

Central made sure that never happened by racing to a 16-1 lead and forcing the No. 20-ranked Eagles to play a faster-paced, catch-up style.

"We didn't want to run with them," Eagles coach Jim Hill said. "They were too big, too strong, too fast."

The Falcons (20-4) kept building their lead until the second team took over in the fourth quarter, and the Prince George's County team ended up winning, 86-64, earning a shot at a region title tomorrow night against Gywnn Park or Potomac.

Central shot 60 percent (29-for-48) from the field through the first three quarters, but just 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter, when Centennial outscored Central's second team, 26-14.

The Eagles shot well, sinking 22 of 46 attempts, but they gave Central too many second and third shots. Central led at halftime, 44-24, and after three quarters, 72-38.

Forward John Scott, who had 15 points and 18 rebounds while playing less than three quarters, led Central's domination of the boards with a degree of quickness the Eagles had not seen all season.

Heralded 6-foot-6, 230-pound senior center Sean Brooks, unsigned but seemingly headed to Drexel, powered in 20 points and had 10 rebounds.

Centennial 6-6 senior center Pat McAfee scored 14 points and had nine rebounds in a strong effort against the powerful Falcons.

"They were hard to play against," he said.

Junior guard Scott Kincaid scored 13 points with some long-range shooting.

And senior Eagles forward Phil Kiracofe scored 17 points, although he frequently brought the ball up court.

"I'm proud of the way we played tonight," Kiracofe said. "We were down 20 points at halftime, but we came out and played a hard second half. All you can ask for is to put out everything and we did."

Centennial, Howard County champion for the third time in five seasons, struggled early against Central's superior quickness. The Eagles took just two shots in the game's first 4 minutes, 20 seconds. Both balls rimmed out.

Centennial, once it settled down, outscored Central 10-6 in the latter part of the first period, however, to trail 22-11.

The Eagles gave up too many inside shots and layups against the slick-passing Falcons, including two fast-break baskets in the second period.

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