After dropping their season opener on their home floor, the Century boys basketball team has rattled off two wins, including an overtime thriller over Mandan.
Now Century senior Trey Mattern is spearheading a hunt for back-to-back titles.
The goal each year is the same, but how Century plans to get there might be a little different.
“We’re not really trying to repeat what we did last year,” Mattern said. “We’re trying to build our own identity and see what we can do this year.”
Josh Sipes, Kade Amundson and Kade Lynch are all U-Mary college students now, and with Cade Feeney nursing a wrist injury, senior Trey Mattern is being counted on early to produce.
With three games in the bag so far, Mattern leads the team with almost 27 points a game. That’s more than double what he posted in his junior year.
“I think I’ll have a little bit more responsibility this year. I’m going to try my best to try and get my teammates involved, try and make everyone on the floor around me better, and keep the team playing the best basketball we can.”
Mattern right now accounts for about 40 percent of Century’s offense, but both he and coach Mattern believe the team will only get better over time.
“We’re not going to get overly concerned about how we’re playing early,” head coach Darrin Mattern said. “I’ve never really been a big believer of being really good in December and January.”
“We’re young, kind of inexperienced right now, but I think we can really grow over the course of every game. I think we can play our best basketball in March, and hopefully something special at the end.”
Mattern is shooting 50 percent from the floor and leads the team in assists. Century plays at Watford City on Dec. 14.