by Gary Andrews
Less than 24 hours after a disappointing loss at Tippecanoe Valley the Manchester boys’ basketball team was back on the floor taking on Tri-Central. Riding a strong first half the Squires defeated Tri-Central 46-41.
Manchester got off to a great start, winning the first quarter 12-7. Chase Fierstos and Clayton Petrie both found the bottom of the bucket from behind the arch with Brayden Sewell and Phoenix Goad each getting a bucket. Fierstos had 5 points in the quarter.
The Squire defense would allow just one bucket in the second quarter, with the three pointers still coming on offense, this time from Claudell Dickantone. Dickantone would drain two from downtown with Cameron Brandenburg and Lucas Schilling getting buckets. Manchester won the quarter 17-7 and led 29-14 at the half.
Maybe with their legs getting a little tired from lack of rest the Manchester offense started to struggle in the third. Chase Fierstos would hit a three and a two with Claudell Dickantone connecting for a three as Tri-Central out scored the Squires 10-8 to cut the Manchester lead to 37-24 with a quarter to go.
Free throw shooting would save the day for Manchester in the fourth as Dickantone scored the lone Squire bucket. Tri-Central was fouling to play catch up with the Squires hitting 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch. Micah McDaniel hit 5 of the 7 Manchester free throws, sealing the 46-41 win.
Leading Manchester was Chase Fierstos with 13 points. Claudell Dickantone added 11, Clayton Petrie 5, Micah McDaniel 5, Blaydon Sewell 4, Lucas Schilling 4, Phoenix Goad 2, Cameron Brandenburg 2. Clayton Petrie added 10 rebounds.
The Manchester junior varsity topped Tri-Central 42-34.
Leading the Squires was David McAtee with 17 points. Bailey Ness added 8, Keelan Norwood 5, Matthew Pegg 5, Zach Hill 4, Levi Hicks 2, Kane Gable 1.