Brown totaled 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, as he knocked down 2-of-4 3-pointers and his only free throw attempt of the night. In addition to leading his team in scoring, Brown added eight steals, five assists, and three rebounds. He was a terror on the defensive end of the floor, using his quick hands and basketball instincts to jumpstart several fastbreaks for his team.
"I've been trying to work on my defense ever since I was in the sixth grade," said Brown. "Now it's starting to show up a little for me."
"We have a different relationship," Centennial Head Coach Allen Whitehart stated. "Every year we sit down, and I challenge him. I'll tell him here are the things you have to work on to be a great player. One of those areas has been defense. He's really taken that on as a challenge. Offense is so easy for him... defense is harder so that's been his challenge."
With the win Centennial improves to 4-1 on the season, the lone loss being the season opener against Derrick Favors and South Atlanta (GA) High School. The team's biggest victory came last weekend against nationally-ranked Marietta (GA) Wheeler High School. In that victory, Brown scored 25 points to lead the way. Fellow NC State signee Richard Howell tallied 25 for Wheeler.
"We had a big win versus Wheeler High School last Friday at their place," said coach Whitehart. "It was huge for us. We just had a week off for exams so we were a little rusty today. As a coach you don't want your team having a whole week off and we really struggled to get our chemistry going today. We had a little rust... hopefully we'll knock it off going through the weekend."
"It was big for us beating Wheeler," said Brown. "I had fun playing against Richard. I've played with him and against him a lot so it wasn't anything new. I think he had 25. He's a beast in the paint."
Against Hunter Huss, Brown also did a good job of creating open opportunities for his teammates. Centennial uses him off the ball a lot as they also start talented junior point guard Devonta White and senior Ryan Fleming, but in crunch-time the ball is in Brown's hands.
"He's not our point guard, but he's our point guard," said coach Whitehart. "We put five kids in double figures almost every game, and if you play and get open, Lorenzo will find you when it's in his hands. His eyes are always on a swivel looking for open teammates.
"He's been playing lights out. He's the best player I've seen on the floor any game we play. He's unbelievable... does everything. I don't even know his stats from today, but he looked good. He shot the ball pretty well, he attacked... he had a typical game for him."
"I try and dish out assists," said Brown. "That's a big part of my game."
Centennial returns to the hardwood tonight at 6 pm against Matthews (NC) Butler High School. Butler won its opener versus Westminster Catawba Christian School. The winner will play Tuesday night at 7:30 for the 2008 Prep All-Stars Holiday Classic title.
After the event, Centennial will play next weekend in the Glaxo Invitational.
"I'm ready to play in Raleigh," said Brown. "I heard that's going to be a big tournament. My mom is going to Raleigh to watch me play in that one."