Tre Carlton scored 17 points, as Centennial went to Brentwood and ruined Senior Night with its 47-34 victory over the Bruins on Friday.
David Windley led Brentwood with 10 points. Asharri Haynesworth added 11, and Dusty Williams, nine, for Centennial.
However, it was the Cougar defense that was the real story. Brentwood scored just four points in the first quarter, and six in the second.
“Big win,” Centennial coach Pete Froedden said. “A lot of energy in the gym. I thought we were really good defensively. “I thought we were a little bit shaky towards the end, but somehow, we stayed the course enough to get it done. They missed a lot of good looks too, late, which hopefully some of it has to do with our defense.”
Brentwood started the fourth quarter down 30-22, and was never able to get closer than eight. That came on Jack Thurman’s 3-pointer from the right side (36-28) and again on Harry Lackey’s field goal to make it 40-32.
Soon thereafter, an altercation between the two teams resulted in a personal foul on Brentwood’s Reed Burrow, as well as a technical foul on Preston Moore. Haynesworth buried a free throw, and then Carlton buried two with 1:09 left.
That put it away, and lay-ups by Haynesworth and Carlton were icing on the cake.
“Really proud of my guys. It’s a tournament-type atmosphere, and it was fun to be in it,” Froedden said.
The Bruins got down early and never really caught fire until a 17-point fourth quarter. It took nearly five minutes for Brentwood to score, which came on a Jack Thurman field goal.
Brentwood led briefly at 10-8 after Moore’s steal and lay-up.
But a 9-0 Centennial run, highlighted by Hayden Pearson’s 3-pointer from the right side, put the Cougars up for good.
A week ago, Centennial came from 14 down to beat Franklin. The Cougars play with intensity and passion, and seem to be peaking with postseason on the horizon.
“(Peaking late) is what you want to do, but I think defensively and (with) focus, we’re as good as we’ve been defensively and as focused as we’ve been,” Froedden said.
“We’ve still got a ways to go from a focus standpoint, because we tend to lose focus, but I think tonight, in that environment, to stay the course defensively over the course of 32 minutes, was pretty impressive.”