Other 3A East games:
Glenelg, 61, Atholton 54
The Gladiators had trailed for the majority of the first half, including 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, but a pair of 3-pointers by Zack Haussler (13 points) in the closing minutes of the second quarter lifted Glenelg to a 28-26 lead at the break. Using that momentum, Glenelg built itself a 45-36 lead by the end of the third quarter and then held off a late Raiders’ push for the victory.
“Hitting a couple shots there (at the end of the first half), I thought it allowed us to start spacing the floor a little better and get a few more to drop,” Glenelg coach Jansen McMillan said. “And as the ball started going in, I thought our defensive confidence went up as well.”
Dom Napoltitano finished with 18 points, 11 of which came in the first half, to lead the Gladiators. Nick Oates (13 points) and Matt Hammert (11) also had big games.
Justin Ballmer (13 points). Brandon Willis (12) and Michael Bernetti (11) all scored in double figures for Atholton in the loss.
The victory over the county-champion Raiders, who also were the top-seeded team in Section II of the 3A East region, marked the third straight win for a Glenelg team that has caught fire at the perfect time after finishing .500 overall during the regular season.
“It’s been a great few games and I kind of wish they had found this during the season, but I will certainly take it now,” McMillan said., “They are playing together as a unit and that concentration and focus is there. They are embracing that under dog role and using it to their advantage.”
G (12-11): Napolitano 18, Oates 13, Haussler 13, Hammert 11, Van de Wall 3, Helensky 2, Morgan 1.
A (18-4): Ballmer 13, Willis 12, Bernetti 11, Perdue 6, Kelly 5, James 4, Mason 3.
Half: 28-26 G.
Centennial 58, Mt. Hebron 38
The Eagles led from start to finish, but it was just a six-point game entering the fourth quarter. Down the stretch, however, Centennial’s balanced attack of Isaiah White (22 points). Chad Strothers (13), Tom Brown (10) and Walter Fletcher (10) proved to be just too much.
Centennial outscored Mt. Hebron, which was led by Aaren Smith’s 14 points, by a score of 30-16 in the final eight minutes.
“We were able to get a ton of points in transition and were really moving the ball well,” Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel said.
The Eagles will play on the road at top-seeded City in the regional semifinals on Thursday.
C (17-6): White 22, Strothers 13, Brown 10, Fletcher 10, Wilkin 2, Conley 1.
MH (12-12): A. Smith 14, M. Smith 13, Herlihy 6, Patel 3, Andreas 2.
Half: 19-13 C.