By: Kajan Thiruthanikasalam
After a tough loss against Seneca at home, the Centennial Colts were looking to get back into the win column. They did just that.
Jason Dennis' two free throws with 1:12 left proved to be the difference in the game as Centennial beat the Durham Lords in a 70-69 comeback victory.
The Colts bounced back from their first home loss against the Sting to end the first half of the season strong.
Four players scored in double figures for the Colts, with forward Marko Curic leading the way with 17 points and nine rebounds, while point guard Josh Mcfarlene had a solid all-around game with 13 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Forward Paul Walwyn and guard Alex Hagoriles had twelve each in the victory.
The balanced effort was enough to overcome a 29 point performance from Durham Lords guard Brandon Halliburton.
Despite being outrebounded on the glass, 56-44 and shooting 36.1 per cent from the field, the Colts forced the Lords into 18 turnovers and 34.7 per cent from the field. Centennial also had 10 steals and had 11 more shot attempts.
Centennial head coach Trevor Challenger was satisfied with his team's resilience in coming back for the victory despite trailing for most of the game.
"It was a tough game against those guys (Durham); they played really good," Challenger said, applauding the Lords' effort. "But we pulled it together by executing defensively and offensively late."
Durham had three chances to win the game late but missed a layup and two tip-in opportunities as Centennial survived.
Trailing by as many as twelve late in the second quarter, the Colts went on a 13-0 run between the end of the second quarter and the start of the third quarter, to go up by one.
After that, it was a back and forth affair for the rest of the game.
The Colts have surpassed their win total from last season and enter the end of the first half of the season with a 7-3 record. However, Coach Challenger mentioned three major keys that have improved this season but still need more work on.
"The biggest things that we've worked on is our defensive presence, offensive execution, and better starts to the game," Centennial's head coach said. "It's something we also need to continue working on going forward."
Up Next: Centennial begins the second half of the season on the road on Jan. 13 against the Fleming Knights at 7:00pm.