Century's win streak at 10
MANKATO -- Make; it 10 in a row.
The Rochester Century boys basketball team won for the 10th straight time Tuesday, and did it behind a season-best from reserve guard Lucas Winn. The Panthers topped Mankato East 44-33 and Winn finished as Century's high scorer with 12 points. He hit a pair of three-pointers and three two-pointers.
"Lucas has been playing better and better each week," said Century coach Jeff Wells. "Plus, he had a great week of practice leading up to this game. He can hit the 'three,' and he can beat you off the dribble."
Century, the Big Nine Conference leader, led East 36-33 just into the third quarter. From there, the Panthers scored the game's last eight points. East's only basket of the fourth quarter came on a three-pointer.
"This was a good win for us against a big and strong team that had won quite a few in a row," Wells said. "It was a game where our kids really played some good defense. We didn't play with much offensive energy, other than Lucas."
Century moved 11-2 in the Big Nine and 13-4 overall. East slipped to 7-6, 8-7.
Century's only double-figure scorer besides Winn was Charlie Sowa with 10. Luke Olafson of East led the game with 16 points.
ROCHESTER CENTURY (44)
Eric Brown 5, Mark Davis 2, Matt Koch 0, Nate Lovik 0, Dan Lyons 4, David McAlpine 7, Jake Newhall 2, Bob Osborn 0, Eric Parkin 0, Charlie Sowa 10, Lucas Winn 12, Josh Yocum 2.
MANKATO EAST (33)
Brandon Brustad 4, Craig Dahl 2, Jon Kaus 2, Nick Harstad 9, Cole Nelson 0, Luke Olafson 16, Mark Rivers 0.
Century 11 28 34 44
; Mankato East 11 22 30 33
; Three-point goals -- Century 3 (Winn 2, Brown 1), East 2 (Olafson 2).
Free throws -- Century 11-22, East 3-5.
Fouled out -- None.