Centennial boys’ basketball team set to battle Reservoir

March 4, 2013

After avenging one regular season loss with a Maryland 3A East region quarterfinal win over River Hill last Thursday, Centennial will get another shot at revenge Tuesday night when it travels to Reservoir for a region semifinal.

Third-seeded Reservoir is the bracket’s highest-seeded team still alive in the region. The Gators advanced to the semifinal after beating Atholton, 52-42 in a quarterfinal matchup.

Tuesday’s game will also be a chance at payback for Centennial guard Omari Ringgold, the second leading scorer in Howard County, who scored just three points against Reservoir in the Eagles’ 64-46 home loss Feb. 5.

The Gators rode a balanced offensive performance in the first regular season between the two teams to a 66-57 win. Six Reservoir players scored at least six points in the win, including junior Kyle Reilly, who had a team-high 14 points. Centennial got double-digit scoring performances from Ringgold, Zach Olmstead and Timi Tinuoye, but had just three other players score in the game.

With a win, seventh-seeded Centennial would advance to the East region championship, a game it has won in each of the past two seasons. If they do advance to the region championship, the Eagles could face Annapolis, the team Centennial beat in last year’s region title game. Annapolis will play host to Wilde Lake Tuesday in the region’s other semifinal contest.

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