The Centennial Spartans Freshman A team competed in the 9A tournament at Richland High School on November 21st-23rd.
The Spartans started the tourney off with a big win over the host team, Richland on Thursday evening. The smothering defense of Centennial wreaked havoc on the Rebels by creating a 32-8 advantage at the end of the first. Richland fought back in the second half to make it a 20 point game, but the Spartan attack proved too much and CHS walked away with a 64-42 victory. Carson Taylor lead Centennial in scoring with 17 points, while DJ Melchior and Mason Green each tossed in 14 points.
The second game of the tournament against Hurst provided some competition and excitement. Both teams battled throughout the contest, but the Spartans were able to seal the deal at the end with a 53-46 win over the Raiders. Mason Green lead the Spartans with 18 points, while the Taylor brothers both scored 13 points in the winning effort.
The championship game provided a match-up against South Grand Prairie. The full court pressure of the Warriors gave the Spartans problems early in the game, but the Spartans were able to settle down and continue to keep the contest close. With under two minutes remaining, Centennial found itself in foul trouble, but was down four points and within striking distance. The Spartan defense was able to create key turnovers and provide some scoring opportunities in which they failed to convert at the free-throw line. With four seconds left, down 3 points, and the ball underneath their own baseline, Centennial had a chance to tie it up and force overtime. Coming over a double screen, Julius Huegel hoisted up a shot, but the attempt failed to connect as Taylor put back the missed field goal for 2 points. Without any Spartan timeouts left, the clock expired setting a final score of 56-55 in favor of South Grand Prairie. Logan and Carson Taylor both scored 22 points each in the losing effort.
The 9A team will play South Hills Tuesday at 11:00 am as they look to get back in the win column.