Century’s fast start proved to be the difference Thursday night.
The Patriots scored the first seven points and later led 18-4 en route to an impressive 60-46 road victory over No. 4-ranked Legacy.
Treyton Mattern poured in 30 points for the Patriots in what is shaping up as a Mr. Basketball-type season for the Century star.
“You know, it was a good win. Legacy is pretty high up in the WDA standings,” Treyton Mattern said. “They play really hard. It was a hard-fought game and it’s definitely one we can build on.”
Mattern scored 17 points in the second half, staving off a push from the Sabers.
“I think the biggest thing is we’re getting a little more organized and defensively we’re getting a little more settled,” Century coach Darin Mattern said. “We always knew it’d be a work in progress with this team. We’re coming along, but this win doesn’t mean a whole lot of if we don’t continue to get better.”
Legacy closed the gap in the second half, getting to within 41-35 on a 3-pointer from junior standout Rhett Clements.
But a key sequence late proved to be decisive.
After a timeout, Darin Mattern drew up a long bomb on the inbounds pass. Treyton Mattern hauled in the arching feed Cade Feeney and laid it in. Feeney wasn’t done, coming up with a steal and a layup and the lead was back up to 11.
Feeney, who missed all pre-Christmas games with a hand injury suffered during the state championship football game, finished with 15 points.
“He brings a lot of experience of last year’s team and he brings a lot of intangibles,” Darin Mattern said of Feeney. “He’s really strong. He’s smart. Yeah, he’s going to make any team better.”
Clements finished with 27 points for the Sabers, but it was Century’s star that had the answers in this one.
“I try to make the most of the opportunities I get and try to make my teammates around me better, but ultimately we want to end up with a win at the end of the day. That’s the most important thing,” Treyton said. “I think the sky’s the limit for this team and hopefully we’re playing our best basketball in March.”
The Patriots head to Jamestown on Saturday to face West Region-leading Blue Jays. Legacy hosts Minot on Saturday.
“We’re going to get on the bus on Saturday and go face the No. 1 team in the league,” Darin Mattern said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but to be able to come in here and beat a quality team like Legacy certainly is a step in the right direction.”