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Eagles turn away threat in overtime

Centennial's Jacob Shoda stole an inbounds pass in overtime to seal the Eagles' 54-52 victory over Tigard on Friday, Dec. 20.

Shoda, who forced six turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime, jumped in front of Tigard's Matt Alexander and stole the inbounds pass with 11 seconds left. Shoda then dribbled the ball around the backcourt before passing the ball to Kyle Warner who was fouled and hit both free throws to seal the win.

"I felt very lucky that the ball bounced into my hands and then I just grabbed it and tried to kill the clock," Shoda said. "They had momentum and I just wanted to try and disrupt the ball, luckily I did more than that."

Centennial (4-4) almost gave the game away in regulation, leading 48-36 with 4:48 left. Tigard then switched to a full-court pressure defense that caused the Eagles fits in the closing minutes.

"They started to force passes and we took them and tied the game late," Tigard coach Shawn Alderman said.

In overtime, Centennial's Brent Rice hit a jumper from the corner with 2:20 left to give the Eagles the lead. Shoda added a pair of free throws on the next possession to open up a 52-48 margin.

"The kids started to hang their heads in the fourth and I could feel the game getting away from us," Centennial head coach John Poetsch said. "I told them not to give this game away, and they had to get the momentum back."

With 1:30 remaining, Tigard's Matt Alexander hit a 3-pointer from the corner, cutting the lead to 52-51. The Tigers had a chance to take the lead but missed on a layin and botched two free throws in crunch time.

Centennial connected on its first four field goals and never trailed in the game. Rice hit four 3-pointers, all in the first half, to give the Eagles a 28-21 halftime edge.

Brent Rice led the Eagles with 14 points.