Gabe Cupps goes off for 22 in Centerville’s big win

Centerville freshman guard Gabe Cupps
Springfield junior guard Josh Tolliver
Centerville senior forward Mo Njie
Springfield senior guard Larry Stephens

Springfield, OH — Freshman phenom Gabe Cupps has been hyped up a lot this season but has yet to have a true breakout game. This all changed on Saturday night when Cupps dropped 22 points to lead the Elks over #1 Springfield in a hostile environment. Junior guard Josh Tolliver got the scoring started for Springfield with a three. Cupps got the Elks on the board with a pair of contested layups. Toledo football commit Larry Stephens tied the game up with a deep three-pointer. Jalan Minney came off the bench and hit a jumper to give Springfield back the lead. Centerville’s Tom House’s only points of the game came when he hit a three to cut the lead to 11-9. Sophomore Kebba Njie hit a jumper at the buzzer to give Centerville a 13-11 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. Centerville big man Mo Njie tied the game with a dunk that went. Jalan Minney kept his strong shooting performance going as he made a jumper to put Springfield up 15-13. Both teams traded buckets the rest of the half, but Centerville led at halftime 26-24. Centerville senior Mo Njie got the second half started with a dunk and Centerville continued the momentum. Mo Njie controlled the paint and his younger brother Kebba Njie added on a bucket as well. A Gabe Cupps three gave the Elks a 34-26 lead. The score heading into the 4th was 36-29 in advantage of the Elks. Gabe Cupps added on another three-ball to get the fourth started as Centerville was up 39-30. After some defensive stops, Springfield cut the deficit to just 4 but big Mo Njie got a monster slam to put Centerville back up by 6. After that, Centerville ran away with this game as Cupps got an and-one and stomped his feet in celebration as he was hyped after the bucket. He then got another and-one and again stomped his feet in celebration as his teammates also went crazy for the freshman’s great plays. Kebba Njie added on another dunk and that was all she wrote as the Centerville Elks knocked off #1 Springfield in a hostile environment on the road and shocked a packed house. Gabe Cupps finally had his breakout game he’s been waiting for and he will look to improve off of that performance next time on the court. Cupps finished with a game high 22 points and Mo Njie had 14. For Springfield, Josh Tolliver had 9 points and Toledo football commit Larry Stephens had 7.

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