Brown, Centennial Win a Thriller, 91-90

ROSWELL, GA -- Three minutes before Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow were to tip off for the first time ever against each other, Brown bumped into his future N.C. State teammate.

Three minutes before Lorenzo Brown and Ryan Harrow were to tip off for the first time ever against each other, Brown bumped into his future N.C. State teammate.

The two looked at each other and didn't say a word. However, the non verbal discussion said one thing. Friday night was going to be a lot of fun.

Oh, it certainly was.

Brown and his Centennial team held on in the final seconds of the back-and-forth game for the 91-90 win at home in front of a packed house.

Brown finished with 29 points (10-17 FG) 12 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and two blocks. The future N.C. State guard made a huge pass to teammate Ryan Fleming for the go ahead score with 1.5 seconds to play. Brown made a steal on the inbounds pass to seal the victory.

The game was so back-and-forth that it came down to whoever had the possession when the final buzzer sounded. Brown did and Centennial, the number one team in Georgia's powerful AAAAA division, held on for a huge victory.

Centennial head coach Allen Whitehart said there isn't a player in the state that he'd want with the ball when the game is on the line.

"I'm screaming to the kids in halftime that no one on the floor can check Lorenzo. Heck, no one in the state can check Lorenzo one-on-one," Whitehart said. "I felt like we took the ball and rode on his shoulders. I don't know what he finished with and I don't really care. But I know it was a battle between he and Glen [Rice, Jr., a future Georgia Tech guard] and I knew whoever had the ball last was going to win."

Harrow was equally impressive. He also finished with 29 points (13-21 FG). The junior also chipped in with six rebounds. Harrow's offense was more diverse than Brown's. The slender junior scored from the perimeter, hitting a pair of threes. His floater was on point and even his midrange game was working. Harrow, who could arguably be the best ball-handler in the Peach State, slid through the defense time and time again for scores at the basket.

Harrow said he wasn't sure what to expect when he lined up against Brown on Friday night. He just hoped he and his Walton teammates would find success.

"It was different. We've always played on the same side. It was like playing against myself really. It was different but it was fun," Harrow said.

Brown said the bump at the start of the contest was the only recognition of their meeting for the first time ever as opposing players.

"It's funny because we don't really talk about the games," Brown said. "He just texted me and asked me if I was going to the N.C. State game coming up. That's about it. We don't talk trash to each other. We didn't even talk about this game."

The two may not talk about the game but those that made it out to the game on Friday and found a seat in the packed house will be talking about the game. It was one of the best games from an offensive perspective all season long in the Peach State.

Whitehart reiterated Brown's overall performance.

"He does whatever it takes. Whether it is a rebound, whether it is a pass, whether it is a score, whatever it is, he's doing it. He is the consummate team player. Whatever it takes to win, he does it," Whitehart said. "It seemed like when his senior year came along, it just all clicked."

Both Brown and Harrow are clicking this season for their respective teams. Harrow said he looks forward to lining up with Brown in Raleigh.

"With me and him in the backcourt, I think we'll be alright," Harrow said. "We should be pretty good. I think we can make the team better because we play really well together."

Harrow and his Walton teammates will play future Wolfpack teammate Richard Howell and Wheeler on Jan. 24 and Feb. 13. Brown and Centennial have a monster game on Monday when they play Miller Grove, a team featuring at least five Division I prospects including Georgia Tech bound point guard Mfon Udofia.

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