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    Centennial’s boys basketball program honored its senior class Friday night. Shown are, from left, Nate Braswell, Zane Elliott, Anthony Hunter, K.J. Walker, Nate Adcox, Jaelyn Tucker, Caleb Werner and Tanner Harbin. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Spartans headed back to the playoffs

Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth Friday night, Centennial’s boys basketball team did just that.

The Spartans got double-figure scoring from four players as they downed Mansfield Legacy, 73-68, in a District 5-5A home game.

“My guys played their butts off,” Centennial coach Trovocie Jackson said. “They fought through some adversity tonight. We did some things we haven’t been able to do at times in terms of defensive stops, securing some rebounds and hitting free throws. We did all of those things down the stretch tonight and it paid off in a close basketball game.”

The win also set a school-record for wins in a season.

The Spartans (23-9) added to their win total Tuesday night with a 67-63 win at Arlington Seguin to close out district play.

Centennial will open the playoffs at 8 p.m. Tuesday against Fort Worth Southwest at Arlington Seguin.

Friday night, the program recognized its five senior players - Hunter, Adcox, K.J. Walker, Caleb Werner and Tanner Harbin, manager Nate Braswell and public relations director Jaelyn Tucker.

Jackson said his first senior class at Centennial is a special one.

“This senior class means everything,” Jackson said. “They have been coachable. A lot of the seniors aren’t playing much but their spirits are high and they are the ultimate teammates. They have done nothing but show incredible amounts of integrity and character. They will be very, very special to me.”

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