Century junior guard Carter Truby talks about his team's win over Westminster.

Westminster’s boys basketball team had little answer down the stretch for Carter Truby.

Century’s junior shooting guard scored a career-high 23 points on a 9-for-14 shooting performance to lead the Knights to a 56-44 victory over the visiting Owls on Friday.

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He had eight points in the final quarter as Century (12-4, 6-3 county) blew open a close game. Truby, who is in his first full season on the varsity, finished with four 3-pointers.

“Carter was very aggressive,” Century coach George Wunder said. “He did a great job of finishing around the bucket. I think his early 3s opened up things for him.”

Century only had four players who scored, but both senior forward Zach Owings (13 points, eight rebounds) and junior forward Jared Lamb (16 points) reached double digits.

Senior forward Shawn Blaney led Westminster (9-7, 5-4) with 21 points, and junior point guard Drue Giles added nine.

The Owls’ biggest problem seemed to be producing points in the final quarter. They only had four and shot 2-for-9 from the field.

“We didn’t play with energy and effort and that’s what happens,” Westminster coach Brett Kanther said. “They played better. They deserved to win. We have to move on. We have three games next week.”

Century led 42-40 entering the final quarter.

The Knights opened the period with a 12-0 run, and Truby had eight points during that stretch. Westminster missed its first five shots and didn’t score until Denio Blaney converted a layup with 2:34 remaining.

The Owls didn’t score again until Giles had a layup in the final seconds.

“We just knew we had to go on a run,” Truby said. “It was close throughout the whole game. We wanted to attack them aggressively and get the win.”

Century led 25-23 at halftime and Truby put Century ahead 30-25 with his third 3-pointer with 7:05 remaining in the third quarter. That basket marked the biggest lead the Knights had in the period.

Truby was clicking from the beginning of the game. He hit a 3-pointer about three minutes into play to give the Knights a 6-4 advantage.

But after that basket, Westminster went on an 8-1 run, which Shawn Blaney ended with a 15-foot jumper. He had six points in the quarter. The Owls led 12-9 at the end of the period.

Consecutive layups from Owings and Lamb gave Century a 19-14 lead in the middle of the second quarter.

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The Knights’ third trey of the first half came from Lamb and boosted the host’s advantage to 22-16 with 3:11 left.

Blaney had 15 first-half points and Truby had 10. Truby and the Knights seem to have revenge on their minds — Westminster beat Century, 49-37, in the county rivals’ first regular-season matchup Dec. 21.

“The last time we lost to them, it hurt a lot,” Truby said. “So I am glad we got the win tonight.”

Century (56): Jake Diehl 4, Jared Lamb 16, Zach Owings 13, Carter Truby 23.

Westminster (44): Denio Blaney 4, Drue Giles 9, Shawn Blaney 21, Joe Wright 2, Jacob Busic 4, Parker Eysaman 4.

Halftime: Century, 25-23.

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