“It was a good feeling to get this win,” said Westminster senior forward Shawn Blaney, who totaled 17 points and eight rebounds. “Century is undefeated and they beat twice last year. And coach (Brett Kanther) is always pushing to win this game.”
Junior guard Drue Giles added 13 points for the Owls (4-2, 2-1 county).
Century (4-1, 1-1) only had four players score and Azariah Knox (16) and Carter Truby (12) reached double figures. Knox had 14 first-half points. The stats that bothered coach George Wunder, though, was his team’s shooting percentage.
The Knights shot 28.5 percent (12-for-42) from the field and were at times sloppy with the ball.
“I think our ball pressure really affected them,” Kanther said. “We caused 23 turnovers. They have a young group there so we change the defenses up to give them a lot of different looks.”
Westminster took the lead late in the second quarter and never relinquished it. The Owls were effective in fourth quarter from the free throw line, going 9-for-15.
Westminster entered the final period with a 34-30 lead and the Knights closed to 36-33 with 5:58 remaining on a 3-pointer from Truby. That’s as close as Century would get, and about two minutes later the Owls led by nine.
At the beginning of the third quarter, the Knights struggled, missing its first five shots.
Westminster opened the period on a 4-0 run to boost its 25-24 halftime lead. Blaney gave Westminster its biggest of the quarter, 34-28, when he hit a 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining.
Justin Wunder sank a 3-pointer with 2:40 remaining to give the Knights a 22-15 bulge, but the rest of the quarter belonged to the Owls. Westminster ended the period on a 10-2 run en route to its home victory.
“Today was a good learning experience for us,” said Wunder, whose Knights face Francis Sott Key on Fridaysaid. “We will get better and move forward.”
Century (37): Azariah Knox 16, Zach Owings 6, Carter Truby 12, Justin Wunder 3.