No parlay for Owls, who give a win to Centennial 27 Westminster turnovers let Eagles race to victory


If anyone wondered whether Westminster coach Dave Byers was upset with how his Owls played at Centennial last night, his words left no doubt.

"I couldn't think of one thing during the game that we did well," Byers said after his Centennial had trounced his team, 66-47. "We got off the bus well. We warmed up well. And we'll probably ride the bus back home well. But we got outplayed in every facet of the game.

"We didn't match their intensity. We got kicked on the boards. We stood around watching and were not aggressive on cuts or going for the ball."

The Owls (1-2) were coming off a 64-38 win over Howard Monday and hoped to parlay that into another victory over a Howard County team. But Centennial (2-0), last season's county co-champ, was not about to let that happen.

"If you blow out another county team, we have to respect that," Centennial center Matt Laycock (23 points, 11 rebounds) said. "They [Westminster] were supposed to have some good outside shooters, and we respected that. But they didn't show us much."

Laycock accumulated impressive stats despite playing only three quarters, as the Eagles substituted liberally.

Centennial's Aaron Williams also had a big night with 17 points and eight steals. Denny Chapman had seven points and nine rebounds. Brian Otten, although he scored only five points, shut out one of Westminster's top shooters, Billy Mays, who had scored 14 against Howard.

And Eagles point guard Scott Bross played his normal all-around game with eight points and a bunch of assists.

Westminster "didn't move well without the ball," Bross said. "And they couldn't stop Williams or Laycock. We played good defense and converted off their turnovers."

Westminster turned the ball over 27 times, 11 of them in the first quarter, when the Eagles pulled away, 20-9.

Centennial shot extremely well, going 25-for-45. Westminster shot only 18-for-48.

"Westminster has three bona fide shooters, but we protected the three-point line well," Eagles coach Jim Hill said. "They didn't have an inside game but are a better team than they played tonight."

The only negative for the Eagles was poor free-throw shooting (15-for-30). But they went to the line three times as often as Westminster (6-for-10).

"That's a sign of how aggressively we played inside," Hill said. "We normally go to the foul line a lot more than the other team."

Pub Date: 12/12/96

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