December 5, 2014 - 11:57 pm
The Centennial boys basketball team spends most mornings working on free-throw shooting.
The extra work came in handy on Friday.
The Bulldogs went 15-for-20 from the free-throw line in the final 3 minutes, 12 seconds as Mojave tried to extend the game and notched a 75-58 victory in the quarterfinals of the Legacy Tip-Off Classic.
Centennial shot 78 percent (25-for-32) overall from the free-throw line.
“I’m happy with the kids. We shoot free throws every morning; 6:30 they’ve got to come in and shoot free throws,” Centennial coach Todd Allen said. “We’re hoping it’s going to pay off throughout the year.
“Our goal is to get to the line 20 times a game, and obviously we did that tonight. That’s a key is hitting our free throws.”
Troy Brown had 15 of his 18 points in the second half to go along with eight rebounds and six assists for Centennial (4-0). The Bulldogs will meet Wasatch Academy (Utah) in the semifinals at 1 p.m.
The Tigers are the two-time defending Utah 2A state champion and are playing an independent schedule this season.
“I know they’re very good and they have some very talented players,” Allen said. “We’ll do what we do. That’s all we can do.”
Aaron Turner had 14 points and three assists, while Darrian Traylor finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists for Centennial. Teammate Garett Scheer contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.
Isaiah Banks stole a long inbounds pass in the backcourt and finished with his left hand to put the Bulldogs on top 56-46 with 4:45 left in the game. Banks ended up with seven points, six rebounds and three assists.
Mojave, which was held without a field goal for nearly four minutes in the fourth quarter, never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Darryl Adams led the Rattlers with 17 points, but Centennial’s Marquise Buchanan helped limit Adams to only four points in the second half. Jordan Glenn had 13 points, and Melvin Irvey scored 11 for Mojave.
The Rattlers’ zone defense caused problems for Centennial, and Mojave trailed 40-39 after Adams stole the ball from Brown near midcourt and fed Irvey for the fast-break layup with 3:40 left in the third quarter.
Centennial answered with a 7-0 run that was capped by Buchanan’s 3-pointer he banked in with 1:31 left in the third.
“We would get a little bit of a push and a little of a lead and go up six, and they’d get six points right back,” Allen said. “We’ve just got to be more consistent and value the ball better.”
Wasatch Academy (Utah) 73, Sierra Vista 36 — Chaise Smith had 11 points in the Mountain Lions’ quarterfinal loss to the Tigers.
Maka Ellis added nine points for Sierra Vista, which trailed 25-6 after the first quarter.
Koby McEwen led Wasatch Academy with 21 points and made three of his team’s 10 3-pointers. Cody John supplied 16 points as all 10 of the Tigers’ players scored.
Clark 51, Clovis East 49 — Carter Olsen finished with 14 points, and the Chargers topped the Timberwolves in the quarterfinals.
Clark will take on Villa Park (Calif.) in the semifinals at 11:35 a.m. Saturday.
The Chargers led 45-43 with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter but scored six straight points to pull away. Keyshawn Webb scored on a layup after a long inbounds pass, and Colby Jackson had back-to-back buckets to put Clark on top 51-43 with 25 seconds left to play.
Clovis East hit two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds to close the gap.
Deshawn Wilson had all nine of his points in the second half for Clark, which was up 24-22 at halftime. Webb finished with eight points, and Jackson added seven points.
Trey Semien led the Timberwolves with 20 points.
Villa Park (Calif.) 67, Legacy 65 — Jacob Rainey had 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, but the host Longhorns fell to the Spartans in a quarterfinal game.
Christian Solis added 14 points, and Brody Olenslager scored 13 for Legacy, which led 30-28 at halftime but couldn’t hold on.
Kevin Olsen finished with 27 points, and Cedric Thomas had 23 points for Villa Park.
Faith Lutheran 56, Coral Academy 46 — John Molchon had 15 points to help the Crusaders to a victory over the Falcons in the consolation bracket.
Blake Bell had eight of 11 points in the second half for Faith Lutheran, which went on a 16-6 fourth-quarter run after the teams were tied at 40-40 at the end of three quarters. Faith Lutheran will meet Lowry in the consolation semifinals on Saturday morning.
Isaiah Buck led Coral Academy with a game-high 17 points. Alex Ferrer and Isaiah Spears each finished with nine points for the Falcons.
Virgin Valley 61, Churchill County 60 — Marcus Saunders scored 21 points, and the Bulldogs edged the Greenwave in overtime in a consolation bracket game.
Saunders scored all four of his team’s points in the extra session. Virgin Valley led 53-42 but was outscored 15-4 by Churchill County in the fourth quarter.
Cody Burnside and Quentin Smith each finished with 10 points for Virgin Valley, which will play Spring Valley in the consolation semifinals Saturday.
Jeff Evett had a game-high 23 points for the Greenwave, and teammate Clay Davison scored 15.
Spring Valley 46, Sunrise Mountain 45 — Ben Sison had 12 of his 14 points in the second half as the Grizzlies edged the Miners in the consolation bracket.
Carl Albert added 11 points, and Travis Walton scored all nine of his points in the second half for Spring Valley, which trailed 23-15 at halftime.
Damon Heard led Sunrise Mountain with 14 points, and teammate Trellis Quinn scored 13.
Legacy 59, Sunrise Mountain 47 — Shakir Arrey had 22 points, and the host Longhorns topped the Miners in an opening-round game.
Arrey had nine points in the third quarter when Legacy used a 24-10 run to take control. Brody Olenslager added 11 points for the Longhorns, who led 30-27 at halftime.
Quinn led Sunrise Mountain with 21 points, and Heard finished with 14 points.