Every win puts Centennial a step closer to its ultimate goal -- an undisputed Howard County championship.
"We don't want to share it with anyone," Eagles center Matt Laycock said after yesterday's 56-43 triumph ended Mount Hebron's six-game winning streak.
With two league games left, No. 15 Centennial (16-3 overall, 11-1 league) holds a two-game lead over Atholton, which lost to Wilde Lake yesterday.
For the Eagles, it was another workmanlike effort chiseled out of defense, rebounding and a patient offense.
On Monday, Mount Hebron (10-10, 6-6) had knocked Atholton out of a first-place tie by dominating the Raiders on the boards.
Yesterday, it was Centennial rebounders dominating Mount Hebron, 31-20.
Laycock (13 points, 10 rebounds) led that battle on the boards, but five other Eagles contributed at least three rebounds apiece, including G. A. Mitroka and Chip Harrison.
Denny Chapman (11 points, six rebounds) continues to play better with each game, while Brian Otten (12 points, three rebounds) worked hard offensively to put himself in position for some easy scores and Scott Bross (five points, four rebounds) showed once again that he's one of the best point guards around.
"Bross is what a point guard should be," Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy said. "He's strong and doesn't make mistakes. You can't take the ball away from him."
Although rebounding was the deciding factor yesterday, not enough can be said about the Eagles' defense.
It held the opponent to fewer than 50 points for the ninth time yesterday. It was so good that that Mount Hebron had only 19 points at halftime.