Deines leads Centre in parents’ night overtime victory over Elyria
The past week was a good one for the Centre High School boys’ basketball team. They defeated Elyria in a home game and Wakefield on the road. Their record now stands at 8-11.
Consistent scoring the final three quarters helped them earn a victory Friday at Wakefield. Centre’s 8 points in the first quarter came from two 3-pointers by Kordell Harding and a field goal by Kyle Methvin. They were joined by Ty Simons, James Wyatt, and Justin Deines in scoring 15 points in the second period. Centre led, 23-22, at halftime.
The Cougars outscored Wakefield 16-9 and 16-14 in the final two quarters to win by 10 points.
Harding led scoring with 19 points, followed by Simons with 12 and Justin Deines with 11. Other scorers were Grant Srajer 4, Shane Methvin and Kyle Methvin 3 each, Trevor Hageberg 2, and Wyatt 1.
Kyle Methvin led at the boards with 9 rebounds. Srajer and Deines each provided 4 assists.
Together with their parents, seniors Harding, Hageberg, and Shane Methvin were honored Feb. 7 during the last regular-season home game. The team gave a winning performance, defeating Elyria Christian, 84-77, in overtime.
After trailing the entire first half, the Cougars caught up in the third quarter and tied the game at 47.
In the fourth quarter, Deines went to the free-throw line three times for 6 points. Srajer, Shane Methvin, and Kyle Methvin also made free throws, and Wyatt and Hageberg added field goals.
Centre led by 6 points, 58-52, with 4 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in regulation. Elyria caught up and went ahead several times before a layup by Hageberg tied the game at 66, sending the game into overtime.
Deines opened the overtime with a driving layup. Elyria matched it with two free throws, but a 3-pointer by Wyatt put Centre in the lead for good.
Wyatt added another 3-pointer and Deines made 10 free throws, resulting in a 7-point victory for the Cougars.
Elyria’s Aaron Potter scored 32 points. Deines was Centre’s leading scorer with 21 points, followed by Wyatt 18 and Ty Simons 13. Other scorers were Harding and Kyle Methvin with 9 each, Hageberg 6, Shane Methvin 5, Cory Brunzell 2, and Srajer 1.
Deines provided 8 assists, and Simons and Wyatt each had 9 rebounds.
The last regular season game is Friday at Chase County High School in Cottonwood Falls.