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Centennial (7-4 county, 15-7 overall — No. 3 seed Section I 3A East Region)

Best Case: All that inconsistency that the Eagles displayed during the final month of the season gets put in the rearview mirror just in time for the postseason. An opening-round match-up against rival Mt. Hebron — a team that Centennial hasn’t lost to since 2010 — is exactly the kind of momentum-builder that the team needs. From there, the team beats Reservoir for the third time this winter and then avenges a loss to River Hill during mid-January. That sets up a rematch of last year’s region championship against Stephen Decatur and the Eagles are not daunted by the small gym and rowdy crowd this time around, earning a thrilling victory. Having beaten one of the favorites for the 3A state championship this year, Centennial never slows down and shocks everyone by winning the program’s second state title in the last three years. Elijah White utilizes his experience on the big stage, having played a major role on the state title team in 2015, and is the leader his team needs. More than that, though, the playoffs are a coming out party for role players Hayden Ford and Sean Taylor — the kind of inside-outside combination that puts the team over the top.

MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun
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