Basketball survives Centennial, advances to face Sierra Canyon

Basketball survives Centennial, advances to face Sierra Canyon

The Wolverines celebrate their 63-55 victory over Centennial High School Wed, Mar. 5. The team takes on Sierra Canyon School on Saturday at 7 p.m. Credit: Kyle Reims/Chronicle

The boys’ basketball team took down Centennial High School 63-55 in the first round of the CIF Open Division state playoffs last night, punching its ticket to the second round.

The Wolverines started the game hot, going up 12-0 in the opening minutes. They would grow their lead to 26-11, before Centennial fought back. Centennial would eventually take its first lead of the game, 49-47, with under 6 minutes to play.

That lead wouldn’t last, however, as two big threes from point guard Spencer Hubbard ’20 and small forward Brase Dottin ’20 gave the Wolverines a 52-49 lead.

Centennial stayed in it until, with the Wolverines leading by 2 with less than a minute left in the game, point guard Cameron Thrower ’22 hit a clutch three to seal the win. 

“I just told myself to stay in rhythm and be ready,” Thrower said. “I knew that once they swing that ball, I’m in rhythm and I’m in range, so I just knocked it down.”

The Wolverines were led in scoring by Dottin, who put up 22. They will take on Sierra Canyon School in the 2nd round Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Sierra Canyon is the reigning two-time Open Division state champion.

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