Boys basketball: Century secures eighth straight win with 72-54 victory over Manchester Valley

Century's Zach Tucker talks about his team's win over Manchester Valley. (Tom Worgo/Carroll County Times)

The Century boys basketball team scored the last four points of the third quarter and the first five of the final quarter to break open a close game and defeat host Manchester Valley, 72-54, Friday night.

The Mavericks moved its winning streak to eight straight. Their last lost came by seven points to Gerstell Academy on Dec. 13.


"We feel we are getting better each game," Century coach George Wunder said.

Century (10-2) couldn't have been any better from the free throw line against Manchester Valley, going 16-for-16.

"It's really hard to do," Wunder said. "We have some good shooters and we really work on it. It's a point of emphasis for us."

Century senior point guard Zach Tucker had another big-time game.

He totaled 29 points, five assists and three steals and went 9-for-9 from the free throw line.

Century senior forward Chris Norman also shined, finishing with double-double (20 points, 13 rebounds)

"He's been money from the foul line all year long," Wunder said of Tucker, the county's leading scorer. "He did a good job of creating tonight and finding the seams with in the defense. He also did a great job of converting."

Century came into the final quarter with an 8-point lead.

The Knights pushed it to 57-45 with 5:19 remaining on Tucker's medium-range jumper, but the Mavericks reduced the margin to 57-51 on Tyler Jones' layup.

Century, however, put the game out of reach over the 3:24 with a 9-2 run.

"Once you get down like 10 points to a team like Century, it's hard to get back over the hump," Manchester Valley coach Bernie Koontz said.

Senior guard Ryan Gerber led the Mavericks with 19 points, including five 3-pointers.

Manchester Valley junior guard Bo Schene averages 21 points, but the Knights limited him to 12.

The Mavericks got off to a poor start, committing three turnovers two minutes.


That contributed to Century starting on a 6-2 run..

The Mavericks answered by getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Schene and Gerber.

Consecutive three pointers from Adam Rolfes and Tucker gave Century a 15-11 lead with 2:50 remaining.

The Knights held a 20-19 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Century had its biggest lead of the second quarter at 26-21 when Rolfes hit his second 3-pointer of the half.

But Manchester Valley used a 7-0 run — Justin Shipley finished off with a layup — over the next 1:32 to take its first lead of the game, 28-26.

By the end of the half, the Knights had regained it.

Tucker drove through the lane for a layup to make it 32-30 — the halftime score.

Gerber led the Mavericks with 14 points at the break.

Century opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run in the first 1:50 as Zach Owings scored five points during that stretch.

With 2:17 remaining in the quarter, the Knights had its biggest lead, 43-35, on a Tucker layup.

About a minute later, Manchester Valley sliced the margin to 43-41 on consecutive 3-pointers from Dayne Koontz and Gerber.

Soon after that, Century started to take control.

"It was a huge win for us," Wunder said. "Just as big as any win we had all year. This team had been playing well all year."