Century senior guard Zach Tucker talks about his team's winning basket against Westminster. (Tom Worgo/Carroll County Times)

Zach Tucker might have been able to carry the Century boys basketball team to a victory over Westminster all by himself Friday night, but his coach George Wunder didn't want to find out.

Wunder was relieved to see a couple of Tucker's teammates become more involved offensively, helping the visiting Knights 60-58 victory.


Tucker, a senior, finished with a game-high 33 points and a critical assist on the game's final play.

Senior guard Adam Rolfes finished with 12 and junior Zach Owings added seven.

"Zach did a great job of getting his own tonight, but he also did a great job of getting other involved," Century coach George Wunder said. "The little things added up and made a difference. Adam hit a couple of 3s and Zach Owings had a couple of big buckets. Zach is able to find the open guy."

That was never more apparent that in the final seconds.

Tucker drove nearly the length of the floor and dished the ball off to Ashley Roberts, a senior guard, who converted a layup for the winning basket right before the buzzer sounded to spark a wild celebration.

"We just wanted to put the ball in Zach's hands and let him make a play and he did," Wunder said of Tucker, who averages better than 23 points a game.

He helped his team's cause by going a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line. The Knights finished 18-for-22 as a team from the line.

Westminster senior guard Joey Conklin had sank three free throws with 5.2 seconds to tie the game at 58-58.

Century went ahead 54-49 with 3:24 remaining when Owings had a three-point play.

The Owls trimmed the lead to 54-51 30 seconds later on a pair of Tyler Snyder free throws. Then, Westminster made it 54-53 on a Roman Hawkins layup with 1:01 remaining.

After Tucker sank a pair of free throws 17 seconds later to put his team up 56-53, Hawkins weaver through a couple of defenders for another layup to cut it to one-point.

Chris Norman hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds to give Century a three-point lead again. But Norman fouled Conklin on a 3-point attempt and he hit all three free throws.

Conklin finished with a team-high 17 points for the Owls while Hawkins scored 13 and Westbrook added nine.

"Every time we play Century, it's always close," Westminster coach Brett Kanther said. "I don't the whole game anyone had a lead of more than six point. We expected it to go down to the wire and it did."


Century (9-2, 4-0 in the county) won its seventh straight game, while Westminster fell to 5-5, 3-2.

Westminster (58): Sam Annulis 7, Roman Hawkins 13, Jahmere Campbell 6, Tyler Snyder 6, Noah Westbrook 9, Joey Conklin 17.

Century (60): Adam Rolfes 12, Zach Tucker 33, Zach Owings 7, Chris Norman 4, Ashley Roberts  4.

Halftime: Century, 30-29.