Tyrone Jones was especially clutch in the final minutes of the game with a breakaway dunk and key shot block as the Bison won its first state tournament game in the school’s history.
“Coach preaches defense,” Jones said of his late blocked shot. “We had studied that (play) on film so I just went up and got it off the glass.”
Jones was a defensive force inside throughout the game, forcing Hugo to adjust its shots when he wasn’t blocking them.
“He can get up,” coach Scott Raper said. “He did that (block shots) all night.”
Jones led the way for Centennial with 11 points while Desean Carolina joined him in double figures with 10 points.
In the final minutes Centennial turned up the defensive pressure and began getting more points in the paint as they outscored Hugo 9-4 after the score was tied at 26 early in the fourth quarter.
“Defense and rebounding was the difference,” Raper said. “At the end, they did what they had to do to get the win.”
Centennial will play Washington in the semifinals at 8 p.m. on Friday.