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Centennial boys basketball state championship season

The Centennial boys basketball team made program history this winter, capturing its first state championship. The run culminated on Saturday at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center with a victory over Westlake to secure the 3A title.

Howard County boys basketball beat reporter Brent Kennedy was there every step of the way this season, for the highs and the lows, to document the historic ride. To relive all the games — including articles, photos and video recaps — click through the story links below.

  • Centennial 2014-15 boys basketball preview

    Centennial 2014-15 boys basketball preview

    2013-14 record: 13-6, 17-7 Coach: Chad Hollwedel Top players: Seniors Connor Clemens (G), Eli Geist (F), Chad Strothers (G), Isaiah White (G) and Kevin Wilson (G); junior Tom Brown (F). What you need to know: While the graduation of starters Chase Conley and Walter Fletcher certainly hurts, this...

  • Centennial boys basketball beats Glenelg, 61-44, to open season

    Centennial boys basketball beats Glenelg, 61-44, to open season

    On the road for the team’s season opener on Friday against Glenelg, Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel talked to his guys beforehand about establishing the tone right from the opening tip with tough, hard-nosed defense. The Eagles apparently heard their coach’s words loud and clear. On the strength...

  • Howard County boys basketball sweeps at Arundel Showcase

    Howard County boys basketball sweeps at Arundel Showcase

    The inaugural Arundel boys basketball showcase turned into a display of Howard County dominance on Saturday evening. Three Howard County teams — Atholton, Centennial and Reservoir — combined to sweep the trio of games at Arundel High School and all three wins came by nine or more points. Reservoir...

  • Strothers carries Centennial boys basketball to comeback win over Atholton

    Strothers carries Centennial boys basketball to comeback win over Atholton

    If you ask Centennial boys basketball coach Chad Hollwedel, he’ll tell you that he has three go-to players all capable of leading his team on any given night. On Friday, in a hostile environment on the road against Atholton, it was Chad Strothers turn. The senior guard delivered a career-high 24...

  • White helps Centennial boys basketball pull away from Northwest at tournament

    Behind a big second half from Isaiah White and a collective defensive effort down the stretch, Centennial shook off a slow start Monday to win its opening game at the Liberty Holiday Tournament, 58-44, over Northwest. White ended up scoring 18 of his game-high 26 points over the final two quarters...

  • South Carroll hands Centennial boys basketball first loss in championship of Liberty Tournament

    South Carroll hands Centennial boys basketball first loss in championship of Liberty Tournament

    For all the missed shots and overall offensive inefficiency Centennial struggled with against South Carroll on Tuesday, the Eagles still got one last clean look with a chance to force overtime. But, as was a common theme for the entire Centennial team in the championship contest of the Freedom...

  • Centennial boys basketball runs away from Mt. Hebron, 60-38

    Centennial boys basketball runs away from Mt. Hebron, 60-38

    In its first action since suffering its first setback of the season against South Carroll over winter break, Centennial made an emphatic statement Wednesday night on the road against Mt. Hebron. Using a 19-0 run between the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth, the Eagles pulled...

  • Centennial boys basketball pulls away from Hammond

    Centennial boys basketball pulls away from Hammond

    Playing on the road Monday evening, Centennial overcame a sluggish start to pull away in the second half for a convincing 72-49 over Hammond. The Eagles, who led just 30-24 at the half, scored the first 10 points out of the break and never looked back en route to the team’s third straight win by...

  • Centennial boys basketball clips River Hill in low-scoring affair

    Centennial boys basketball clips River Hill in low-scoring affair

    On its way to an undefeated county record so far this winter, Centennial has proven it can win in a number of different ways — relying on its offense, defense or both. So, when faced with the prospect of a grind it out, possession-oriented game Wednesday night against River Hill, the Eagles knew...

  • Centennial boys basketball answers Glenelg challenge

    Centennial boys basketball answers Glenelg challenge

    Centennial’s big three of Tom Brown, Isaiah White and Chad Strothers provided their usual offensive punch on Friday night against Glenelg. But, when push came to shove with the Eagles trailing by five in the third quarter against the visiting Gladiators, it was a different trio that stepped up...

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