Not-so-fragile Moore force for Centennial in 60-51 win

Boys basketball

February 26, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

At 6 feet 3 and 140 pounds, long-armed sophomore center Chris Moore is painfully thin.

But his lack of bulk hasn't stopped him from being a prolific shot blocker - and the player most responsible for Centennial's dramatic second-half turnaround.

Moore scored 13 points, blocked 11 shots and grabbed eight rebounds last night at Centennial, where the Eagles celebrated senior night by upsetting Atholton, 60-51.

Since Moore returned to the lineup full time following a broken finger suffered against Mount Hebron in the third game of the season, the Eagles (11-11 overall, 11-9 league) are 8-2, including wins over county champion Long Reach and other such county powers as River Hill and Atholton.

Without Moore, the Eagles were 2-8, including their holiday tourney.

"He's made the difference," said Eagles coach Jim Hill. "He has great potential, is rounding into shape and has the ability to be a big fish in this pond."

Despite his fragile appearance, Moore, who has grown four inches since September of his freshman year, can play among much more powerful opponents.

"It's kind of crazy going up against people two times as big as me," he said. "But my teammates treat me well, so I don't feel out of place."

Teammate Steve Seh, built more like a football linebacker than a basketball player, is just happy to have Moore on his side.

"His height and reach and quickness make up for how thin he is," said Seh.

Moore blocked the shot of one player three straight times last night, finally getting called for a foul on the fourth block.

Intimidated by Moore, Atholton (14-8, 14-6) shot only 36 percent (19-for-52) from the field. The Raiders also made 24 turnovers - 10 in the third quarter.

Senior Matt Skalka contributed 11 points and seven rebounds for Centennial.

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