UTICA — The Fillmore Central Panthers sent an early message with a 8-0 lead in the first quarter, but it would not hold up.
The host Centennial Broncos answered to tie the game at 18-18 at the break and still tied at 26-26 through three quarters, before Aaron DeWaard, who was silent in the third quarter after 14 points over the first two quarters, scored seven points in two minutes and the Broncos were able to pull away for the 45-34 win.
With the Broncos on top 31-28, DeWaard drove the paint for two lay ins, then stepped back and drained the trey from the top of the key for a 38-30 lead with 2:57 to play in the game. DeWaard led the Broncos with a game high 22 points, and that included three 3-point baskets. Also in double figures was Logan Clonce with 10, 5-10 at the charity stripe.
The Panthers were not able to make a run and fell to 3-14 on the year while the Broncos improved to 6-9.
Centennial travels to No. 1 seed Sutton tonight for a 7:15 tip against the Mustangs.
Fillmore Central gained its early lead behind four points from Danny Loseke and two each from Trevor Birky and Dillon Graham.
Without DeWaard on Monday night Centennial may have not been in the game at halftime on Monday night as the Panthers and the Broncos hooked up in first round SNC Tournament action.
DeWaard kept the hosts alive in the first half as they trailed 8-0 early, but came back to tie the game at 18-18 at the break. DeWaard scored 14 of Centennial’s 18 points as he hit a pair of second-quarter treys and was 4-4 at the charity stripe.
Leading the way in scoring for the Panthers was Kurt Karcher with eight, Loseke added seven and Dillon Graham finished with six.
The Panthers were 13-40 and 4-17 from 3-point range. At the charity stripe Fillmore Central was 4-4.
Centennial hit 13-41 from the field overall and 3-15 from 3-point land. At the free throw line the Broncos finished 15-24, 9-15 in the fourth quarter.
Fillmore Central (3-13) ................ 8 10 8 8—34
Centennial (5-9) .................. 6 12 8 19—45
FC: T. Birky 2, D. Loseke 7, D. Graham 6, L. Hopken 3, L. Donovan 4, H. Kleinschmidt 2, K. Karcher 8, T. Swartz 2.
C: A. DeWaard 22, D. Dey 4, K. Gierhan 5, L. Clonce 10, A. heine 4.