Centennial boys basketball shuts down Wilde Lake in regular season finale
By Kyle Stackpole
Feb 26, 2019 | 6:00 AM
|Howard County, MD
Balanced offense and lockdown defense propelled Centennial boys basketball to a 60-46 home win over Wilde Lake in the regular season finale Monday night.
The Eagles (10-6 county, 13-9 overall) had four players score in double figures, with no one scoring more than Michael Kefyalew, who poured in 12 of his game-high 13 points in the second half. Ryan Hollwedel added 12 points, while Joey Sedlacko and Stafford Smith scored 10 points apiece.
Defensively, the Eagles limited the Wildecats to 13 first-half points and held them to their lowest single-game total this season.
“I’m so happy with our defense in both halves,” Eagles coach Chad Hollwedel said. “The defense was 100 percent the difference in the game because then we started getting some stuff running out, which helped us get going offensively.”
The Eagles will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming 3A East, Section I playoffs and will travel to No. 2 seed Reservoir for the sectional semifinals on March 4. As for Wilde Lake (11-5, 14-7), the loss means it’ll miss out on a first-round bye in the 2A South, Section I playoffs. The Wildecats, who were led Monday by Trea Keys and Marcus Mitchell (11 points apiece), will play either Hammond or Glenelg on Friday night.
Before then, they’ll hope to develop a more-efficient offense without Marc Marshall, who is out indefinitely with a broken finger.
“The first half was an adjustment period with missing Marc Marshall,” Wildecats coach Deon Wingfield said. “We didn’t have offense. Marc is an 18-19-point scorer for us, so we were sort of a little lost. We didn’t really have any good rhythm.”
Centennial jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the first five minutes but could not hold onto its early advantage, as the Wildecats scored the next eight points to tie the game.
However, the Wildecats’ offensive struggles continued into the second quarter. They made just one field goal and scored five points overall, which were two fewer than what Hollwedel scored in the period. Centennial was not much better offensively yet entered intermission with a 20-13 advantage.
“We went into halftime and coach told us to turn it up,” Kefyalew said. “But they only had 13 points in the first half, so we tried to keep up that momentum in the second half and keep our guys in front of us. Everyone worked hard. It was a team effort.”
Centennial found its offense in the third quarter thanks in large part to Kefyalew, who converted two layups and a 3-pointer as the Eagles increased their lead to double digits. Then it was Brandon Bonner (eight points) who got into the scoring action, as his last-second layup put the Eagles ahead, 37-23, after three periods.
The Wildecats never came closer than that the rest of the way.
“Guys really tried to create, and we found each other in open spots for high percentage shots,” Kefyalew said. “We work on those shots at practice, so we have to be able to knock them down, and we can take that into the playoffs.”
Centennial (10-6 Howard County, 13-9 overall) — 60, Wilde Lake (11-5, 14-7) — 46
C — Kefyalew 13, Hollwedel 12, Sedlacko 10, Smith 10, Bonner 8, Berkeley 7.
Marriotts Ridge will head into the postseason on a three-game winning streak thanks to its double-digit victory over Hammond on Monday night.
Brandon Held was brilliant, scoring 25 points for a Mustangs team that entered halftime ahead, 36-24, and maintained that double-digit advantage throughout the contest. Cam Heard, meanwhile, chipped in 12 points and Amari Little added eight.
In the loss, Hammond senior Micah Henry became the fourth Howard County boys basketball player to eclipse 1,000-career points this season, joining Oakland Mills’ Daeshawn Eaton, Wilde Lake’s Trea Keys and Mt. Hebron’s Brandon Prox.
Henry, who led all scorers with 30 points, reached the milestone on his final bucket of the night. With just seconds to play, Henry brought the ball up the court, pulled up from the left wing and buried a 3-pointer to ignite the home crowd.
The Scorpions outscored their opponent in every quarter, jumping ahead by five points after the first frame and bringing a 41-27 advantage into the break. From there, coach Jon Browne’s team slowly built on that lead until the final buzzer.
Daeshawn Eaton (team-high 23 points) was one of four Oakland Mills players to score in double figures.
OM — Eaton 23, Eiland II 14, Norton 12, Simpson 12, Hopkins 7, Gaymon 5, Fairbanks 5, Evans 4, Jones 2.
Halftime: 41-27, OM
Century — 78, Glenelg (8-14) — 70
G — Owens 21, Piwowarski 17, Pearcy 12, Dick 11, Dry 6, Chappell 2, Trawick 1.