MAHOMET — Basketball season is back. But the Mahomet-Seymour boys hoops team fell in their season-opening contest against Centennial. The Bulldogs will look to get back on track and make some noise in the Lincoln Thanksgiving Tournament.
Centennial 69, M-S 55
The Bulldogs started off hot, jumping out to an 18-8 lead after the first quarter. But Centennial fought back with a 22-13 spurt in the second quarter to make it a one-point game at the half.
It was tied at 44 entering the final frame, but the host Chargers blitzed M-S with a 25-11 run.
“We played too careless with the ball at times and weren’t very good executing down the stretch,” M-S head coach Ryan Bosch said.
Senior Grant Coleman led the way with a game-high 18 points. Coleman went 9-for-9 from the charity stripe and knocked down one trey. But the Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit struggled shooting (4-for-14) from the floor in his first game of the season.
Coleman might’ve struggled to find his stroke, but he filled the box score with three assists, three steals and three blocks.
Coleman wasn’t the only guy who had some early-season rust. Overall, the Bulldogs shot just 38 percent from the floor. Braden Finch had 11 points and two assists, but he was just 4-for-13 from the field and 2-for-4 from the free-throw line.
In his first varsity start, Zach Carr had seven points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Senior forward Kobe Essien added seven points, but he fouled out midway through the fourth quarter. Essien added two rebounds.
Cle Lener had four points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Eli Warren drained a three and finished with four points and one board.
Zach Travis and Tyler Uken both had two points.
6-foot-8 junior Jaylen Bryson had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Chargers. Senior Kvion Lott missed just one shot and finished with 16 points. Five Centennial hoopers scored at least seven points.
“It’s good to finally have some film that we can use to clean up our mistakes and learn from,” Bosch said. “The team has a lot of potential but has to stay committed to reaching it.”
M-S played Limestone on Tuesday but results weren’t available at press time. M-S will play against Danville at 5 p.m. today (Nov. 29) down in Lincoln. Then, they will play Saturday in Lincoln once pool play is decided. The opening loss to Centennial likely knocks the Bulldogs out the race for a title, but they could absolutely play in the third-place game which would be at 6:30 p.m.