Boys Basketball: Century gaining steam with 11th straight victory

Century senior Chris Norman talks about the performance of teammate Zach Tucker in his team's rout of Francis Scott Key.

UNIONTOWN — The Francis Scott Key boys basketball team threw itself in front of runway train named Century on Tuesday night.

The train won.


The Knights took control in the first quarter and rolled to their 11th straight victory with a 73-42 win over the host Eagles.

"Our guys are pretty focused, and they want to get better," said Century coach George Wunder, whose team beat Francis Scott Key by nine points back in mid-December. "I feel like we are doing that in every game."


Senior guard Zach Tucker led Century with 32 points, including 20 in the first half. The county's leading scorer went 13-for-14 from the free-throw line.

Teammate Adam Rolfes, a senior guard, had 14 points and made four 3-pointers. Senior forward Chris Norman added 13 points and six rebounds for the winners.

Sophomore guard Drue Giles paced Francis Scott Key with 14 points.

Century (13-2, 7-0 county) raced out to a 7-0 lead in the first 3:11 of the game as Norman had a layup and 3-pointer during that span, but he sat out the rest of the first half because he picked up his second foul midway through the first period. Rolfes also committed his second foul late in the first period and missed the rest of the half, too.

But the Eagles didn't take advantage in the first quarter.

Francis Scott Key (5-7, 3-5) missed its first six shots before Amir Cole made a layup with 3:45 remaining.

"Our defense stepped up big time," Tucker said. "Their guards are very talented. They can drive, they can shoot. They can do anything. We came in with a good game plan and executed it."

The Knights increased its lead to 16-6 at end of the quarter.

Things didn't get any better for FSK in the second quarter. The Eagles missed their first three shots and committed a turnover as Century opened on a 6-0 run to boost its cushion to 22-6.

The Knights had a 35-21 lead at the break, and Tucker was a big part of that lead.

He finished with 15 points in the second quarter, including going 7-for-7 for the line in that stretch.

"We couldn't stop him," Francis Scott Key coach Ryan Kimble said. "He just took over the game. When we figure out how to stop him, he will have graduated."


Century extended its lead to 45-23 in the first three minutes of third quarter with a 10-2 run. By the end of the third quarter, Century boasted a 34-point lead.

The Eagles had to deal with foul trouble, too. Rashad Giles had four fouls in the second half while Drue Giles, Noah Vipond, and Cole each had three.

"They executed very well and they played very hard," said Kimble, who saw Century shoot 56 percent (23-for-41) from the field. "Our kids need to take a lesson from them on how to play as a team."

Francis Scott Key (42): Drue Giles 14, Greg Horrocks 2, Noah Vipond 4, Amir Cole 5, Rashad Giles 4, Nick Haines 2, Josh Brown 5, Grant Gabriele 6.

Century (73): Adam Rolfes 14, Zach Tucker 32, Anthony Perrone 1, Chris Norman 13, Ashley Roberts 5, Azariah Knox 5, Bryce Harrell 3.

Halftime: Century, 35-21.


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