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Century's Carter Truby, center, and teammates accept their finalist medals after their loss to Patterson during the Class 2A championship game of the MPSSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at University of Maryland's Xfinity Center on March 11.
Century's Carter Truby, center, and teammates accept their finalist medals after their loss to Patterson during the Class 2A championship game of the MPSSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament at University of Maryland's Xfinity Center on March 11. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Carter Truby went from being invisible to the key reason why Century’s boys basketball team won Tuesday night against Manchester Valley.

The junior guard scored 16 points in the second half and hit an off-balance 3-pointer right before the buzzer sounded to lift the visiting Knights to a 52-49 victory over the Mavericks.

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“We had a play and I was supposed to get a screen and it didn’t work out,” said Truby, who only had three points in the first half, but made six of eight free throws in the second half. “We didn’t execute it well. Then, there was two seconds left and I just shot it.”

Century senior forward Zach Owings also had a huge game, totaling 17 points and seven rebounds.

Bo Schene, one of the county’s leading scorers, led the Mavericks with 13 points. Teammates Justin Shipley (12 points) and Brett DeWees (10) also scored in double figures.

The Knights (4-0, 1-0 county) had to come from behind to win.

Manchester Valley (0-6, 0-2) went ahead 45-43 on Shipley’s layup with 1:35 remaining.

Then Century went on a 5-0 run and Truby had four consecutive free throws during that stretch. Manchester Valley managed to tie it at 49-49 with 10 seconds on a DeWees layup left before Truby made the game-winner.

“We want the ball in his hands in those situations,” Century coach George Wunder said of Truby, his team’s leading scorer this season.

After Truby opened the scoring in the third quarter with a layup to give the visitors a 24-14 lead, the Mavericks went on a 6-0 run thanks to back-to-back 3 pointers from Schene and DeWees.

Century extended its lead 27-18 on a Truby free throw. He scored the Knights’ first seven points of the period.

But the Mavericks trimmed the margin to 27-23 with a 5-0 spurt and went ahead 33-32 by the end of the quarter using a 10-5 bulge. Scene had the last five points in that sequence.

Manchester Valley also played well to start the game. The Mavericks trailed 8-7 on Dayne Koontz’s hook shot, but the Mavericks struggled late in the period.

They went scoreless for the last 4:04 and missed five straight shots.

That slumped allowed Century to build a lead. The Knights closed the quarter on a 7-0 run, and Justin Wunder finished it with a 3-pointer.

The Knights were ahead 15-7 at the end of the period.

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Century started the second quarter slowly, going scoreless until Owings converted a layup with 5:33 remaining to give the Knights a 17-10 advantage.

The Mavericks cut the margin to 17-12 about a minute later on Shipley’s layup.

Century led 22-14 at halftime.

The Mavericks struggled shooting in the first half as they hit only 26 percent (6-for-23) of their shots. They’re winless but have been close this winter — three of their losses have been by three points or less.

Century (52): Matt Huber 2, Azariah Knox 2, Jared Lamb 6, Zach Owings 17, Alex Prokic 3, Carter Truby 19, Justin Wunder 3.

Manchester Valley (49): Bo Schene 13, Dalton Winner 3, Dayne Koontz 2, Hunter Olshefski 2, Thomas Murray 7, Brett DeWees 10, Justin Shipley 12.

Halftime: Century, 22-14.

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