By: Kajan Thiruthanikasalam
In the much-anticipated matchup between the Centennial Colts and the unbeaten Seneca Sting, it was Centennial, who fell just short, losing to Seneca, 84-78, in front of a sellout crowd at the Athletic and Wellness Centre.
For the Colts (6-3), it was their first home loss of the season, while the Sting (8-0) continue on its unbeaten run.
Five players scored in double figures for the Colts, with a game high 22 points from sophomore forward Paul Walwyn. Point guard Josh Mcfarlene (11 points, 12 assists) and forward Marko Curic (17 points, 11 rebounds) each had double-doubles while reserve forwards Malcolm Jackson and Bailey Burton had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Seneca Sting guard Liban Mohammed scored 19 points, with five three pointers.
Free throw shooting proved to be costly for Centennial as they shot 40 per cent (8-20) from the free throw line and their usually stout defense allowed Seneca to shoot 49.3 per cent from the field.
The Colts, although they trailed the entire game, never allowed it to get away as the Colts answered whenever Seneca went on its runs, including a 13-2 run in the first half to cut Seneca's lead within two, to keep the game within shouting distance.
However, Seneca answered Centennial's runs with critical, back-breaking threes, to keep the Colts at arm's length.
Despite the loss, there were some positives from Centennial, as they beat Seneca in the rebounding battle (42-39), second chance points (17-8), and committed six fewer turnovers (20-14).
The Centennial men look to bounce back in their last game of the semester, when they face the Durham Lords at the Athletic and Wellness Centre at 8:00 p.m.