Spartans down Everman to make playoffs
Sometimes you have to make your own luck, and Centennial’s boys basketball team did just that Tuesday night defeating Everman, 50-41, in both team’s District 9-5A finale to clinch a playoff berth.
The Spartans (8-6) first win ever over Everman coupled with Arlington Seguin’s 56-54 overtime victory over Granbury clinched third place for Centennial. The Spartans will face Mansfield Timberview, the No. 8 team in the TABC poll, Monday or Tuesday in a Class 5A Region II bi-district playoff game.
“We did all that we could tonight to put ourselves in position to make the playoffs,” Centennial coach Jeff Carroll said.
On senior night, Centennial’s four seniors all scored and made contributions in the program’s historic win. Hayden Smith scored 11 points, Zach Elliot finished with five points, Reese Walker added three points and Brock Jenkins had two points.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Carroll said. “I’m proud of the intensity they showed tonight. The seniors have led us all year long and it’s only fitting that they led us tonight. I can’t be prouder of the seniors and the job they did.”
Junior Kelton Tezeno led the Spartans with 12 points and sophomore London Zavala scored 10 points. Both underclassmen hit a pair of three-pointers that helped Centennial overcome Everman’s second-quarter lead.
“London has been great all year long” Carroll said. “He’s a true team player. He knows that when we call on him he has to be big and he always has. He does a great job for us.”
Friday night, Centennial halted a four-game losing streak with a 61-45 win at Joshua.
Anthony Hunter and Smith each scored 10 points and Nate Adcox finished with seven points. In all, 11 Spartans scored in the win.
Centennial led 14-6 after one quarter and led 26-21 at halftime. The Spartans’ defense clamped down on the Owls in the third quarter, limiting them to eight points. Centennial led 48-27 after three quarters.
Centennial 50, Everman 41
Everman 10 17 4 10 - 41
Centennial 11 13 11 15 - 50
Everman (16-15. 7-7): Zion Fuller 16, Marcus Brackens 13, Jamison Wooden 5, Austin Dixon 4, Jaylon Sexton 3.
Centennial (18-13, 8-6): Kelton Tezeno 12, Hayden Smith 11, London Zavala 10, Zach Elliot 5, Anthony Hunter 4, Nate Adcox 3, Reese Walker 3, Brock Jenkins 2.
Centennial 61, Joshua 45
Centennial 14 12 22 13 - 61
Joshua 6 13 8 18 - 45
Centennial (17-13, 7-6):Anthony Hunter 10, Hayden Smith 10, Nate Adcox 7, Corbin Franco 6, London Zavala 6, Zach Bolf 5, Reese Walker 5, Zach Elliot 4, Brock Jenkins 4, KJ Walker 3, Garrett Elrod 1.
Joshua (11-19, 0-13): Mason Farley 16, Michael Ayars 15, Josh Kelso 5, Robert Pesqueda 5, Will Boyd 2, Collin Carroll 2.