Spartans end losing streak to Elks
From the coaches comments following Tuesday’s District 5-5A boys basketball game between Centennial and Burleson, it was hard to tell who had won.
Burleson coach Joey Martin praised the play of his team while Centennial coach Trovocie Jackson harped on his team’s failure to execute its game plan early in the second half.
Despite his complaints, Jackson’s Spartans came out on top Tuesday night topping the home-standing Elks, 75-66.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak to the Elks and also helped the Spartans (16-6, 3-1) equal their win total from last season. The loss dropped the Elks to 0-4 in district play and 4-13 overall.
Centennial held a seemingly comfortable 37-26 lead heading into the third quarter but the Spartans couldn’t main the 11-point advantage.
Burleson scored on its first three possessions of the second half to cut the lead to 40-33. The problem for the Spartans was their three-point shots weren’t falling like they had in the final minutes of the second quarter.
“At the start of the second half we went completely against what we had talked about at halftime,” Jackson said. “We had game-planned going inside and instead we started shooting three-pointers and never looked inside. We weren’t smart enough to realize we weren’t making our three’s and to go to something else.”
Jackson said his players saw they were open for the three-pointer and kept taking the shot.
“They were open for a reason,” Jackson said. “Because at that point they couldn’t throw a ball into the ocean.”
The Elks, behind the play of Brennan Zeiner, Sam Martin, and Sidney McFail, were able to cut the Spartans lead to 50-49 late in the third quarter. Zeiner finished with a team-high 18 points, Sam Martin scored 17 points and McFail chipped in 14 points on the night.
“Those three (Zeiner, Marton, and McFail) did a good job tonight,” Joey Martin said. “They just have to do more and get some help from the rest of team to get a win.”
Burleson lost momentum midway through the fourth quarter and it cost the Elks.
After Sam Martin cut the Spartans lead to 57-55, Centennial went on a 10-0 run that all but put the game away.
Centennial’s Anthony Hunter punctuated the run with a dunk following a missed shot.
Hunter’s dunk put the Spartans up 65-57 with 4:24 to play.
Hunter finished with a game-high 28 points. Tayton Conerway scored 19 points and Zach Bolf tallied 16 points.
The Spartans salted the game away at the free-three line hitting seven of 12 shots in the final 2:35 of the game.
Centennial hosts Crowley Friday and plays at Mansfield Legacy Tuesday.
Burleson plays at Everman Friday and hosts Crowley Tuesday
Centennial 75, Burleson 66
Centennial 13 27 15 23 - 75
Burleson 13 13 23 17 - 66
Centennial (16-6, 3-1): Anthony Hunter 28, Tayton Conerway 19, Zach Bolf 16, Jacob Stuckey 8, Nate Adcox 2, Zane Elliott 1, Monte Johnson 1.
Burleson (4-13, 0-3): Brennann Zeiner 18, Sam Martin 17, Sidney McFail 14, C.J. Williams 8, Josh Pierre 5, Aden Anderson 2, Aswan Bonner 1.
Spartans suffer first district loss
Playing at the third-ranked team in Class 5A, Centennial put up a fight late at Mansfield Timberview Friday afternoon.
The Spartans scored 26 points in the fourth quarter in an 85-76 district loss.
Bolf scored 26 points, Hunter added 23 points and Conerway finished with 12 points.
Mansfield Timberview 85, Centennial 76
Centennial 11 22 16 26 - 76
Timberview 27 19 23 16 - 85
Centennial (15-6, 2-1): Zach Bolf 26, Anthony Hunter 23, Tayton Conerway 12, Jacob Stuckey 9, Nate Adcox 4, K.J. Walker 2.
Timberview (20-2, 3-0): Trazarian White 29, Tristan Starks 14, C.J. Smith 12, Rodrigo Soares 10, Marquis Childs 9, Jared Washington 7, Davantae McKinney 2, Stacy Sneed 2.
Elks Fall at Seguin
Burleson suffered a tough district road loss Friday falling 52-45 at Arlington Seguin.
Sam Martin paced the Elks with 21 points and McFail finished with 18 points.
Arlington Seguin 52, Burleson 45
Burleson 13 12 15 5 - 45
Seguin 12 11 17 12 - 52
Burleson (4-12, 0-3): Sam Martin 21, Sidney McFail 18, Brennan Zeiner 2, C.J. Williams 2.
Seguin (7-14, 1-2): Caleb Lester 15, Mar’darius Scott 15, Brandon Monroe 8, Albert Davis 8, Julian Bowers 2, Jayden Atkins 2, Zach Thomas 2.