Centennial gets closer to title

Moore's 30 help Eagles trim Oakland Mills, 65-56

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February 16, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial center Chris Moore likes cheesecake. And Eagles coach Jim Hill owes him one.

That's Moore's normal reward for dunking as he did last night against visiting Oakland Mills.

Never mind that Moore also scored a season-high 30 points, had seven rebounds and three blocked shots and was 8-for-8 at the foul line to lead the No. 15 Eagles to a 65-56 victory.

Its sixth straight win inched Centennial (17-3 overall, 16-2 league) closer to both a Howard County title and the No. 1 seed in the regional playoffs. The Eagles can clinch both with a win tomorrow over Reservoir.

"I try to encourage him to dunk because it gets the team fired up and excites it to play better defense," said Hill.

The cheesecake, which is shared with all of Moore's teammates, also hopefully helps fatten up Moore, who stands 6 feet 6 but weighs only 160 pounds.

With the help of point guard Drew Seker, who had 10 points, six steals and five assists, Moore and his teammates dissected Oakland Mills' zone defense with lob passes that resulted in repeated easy-looking layups by Moore.

"It wasn't as easy as it looked with all these power forwards jumping on you," Moore said.

Centennial led 33-24 at halftime, and the Scorpions never drew closer than six points after that.

Oakland Mills (12-6, 12-6) played much better than it did in its first game against Centennial, which it lost, 74-33. Scorpions center Jamal John scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds. Oakland Mills had won seven of its past eight games.

Rick Anderson scored 12 points for Centennial. Scott Swinson had seven points and seven rebounds. Mike Condron scored five points and had six assists.

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