Centennial pulls off upset

Weintraub's 3-pointer helps beat River Hill

Centennial 54 No. 12 River Hill 50

Boys basketball

February 01, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Senior Pat Speicher told junior Evan Weintraub that he was getting the ball and would get the chance to be a hero.

That was just fine with Weintraub, who made a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to give host Centennial a one-point lead on the way to a 54-50 upset of No. 12 River Hill last night.

"Speicher was telling me he was going to get me the ball, so I was like, `All right, I've got to shoot this,' " said Weintraub, who finished the play after senior Riley Fritts grabbed his seventh rebound at the other end to put things in motion for the Eagles (12-5), who trailed 50-48.

"I wasn't worried. I just shot it all in one motion and put it in."

The Hawks (14-3, 10-2), who still lead Howard County's Division I by two games over Centennial and Long Reach (8-4 each), committed a turnover on their next possession with seven seconds remaining.

Speicher, who tied Fritts with a team-high 12 points, was fouled with 2.8 seconds left and went to the line for a one-and-one. He hit the first to make it 52-50 but missed the second.

Tommy Brenton, a 6-foot-5 senior who had game highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds, snatched the rebound for the Hawks, who called a timeout with two seconds left.

David Hostetler, the Hawks' quarterback in football, heaved the inbounds pass down his left sideline and Brenton collided with teammate Mike Campanaro (10 points). The ball went off their hands and out of bounds with 1.6 seconds left.

On the Eagles' inbounds play, Tenadrio Bogues was fouled away from the ball and made two free throws for the final margin.

Centennial trailed 29-22 at the half, despite Eric Sauter scoring nine of his 11 points, but had pulled even at 40 by the end of the third quarter.

"We made some adjustments at the half," said Fritts, who scored nine points in the third quarter. "In my two years on the varsity, we had never beaten them. Our coach [Jim Hill] got us fired up at the half."

Hill said he "appealed to the fact that they needed to play with more heart and desire ... [and] they came out and played hard in the second half."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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