by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys’ basketball team knocked down seven three pointers Saturday to defeat Peru 61-46.
Manchester opened a 14-7 first quarter lead hitting just five shots, with four being from behind the arch. Chase Fierstos and Clayton Petrie each connected from behind the arch twice, while Claudell Dickantone had a two for the 14-7 lead.
Again in the second the Squires had five buckets. Petrie would hit from long range and also hit a deuce, with Fierstos hitting twice as Manchester out scored Peru 12-9 to open a 26-16 halftime lead.
The pace would pick up in the second as Peru started to gel a little on the offensive end, but the Squires had the answer. Dickantone would get his first three of the night while Petrie hit from behind the arch for the fourth time. Fierstos, Dickantone and Petrie would do all the scoring for Manchester in the third as the Squires won the quarter 17-12 and led 43-28 with a quarter to go.
With Manchester leading by 15 points, the typical fouling game would begin in the fourth as Peru tried to play catch-up. Unfortunately for the Tigers the Squires were deadly from the free throw line, hitting 16 of 18 to seal the deal. Chase Fierstos led the free throw barrage, going 6 for 6.
Leading Manchester was Chase Fierstos with 21 points. Clayton Petrie added 18, Claudell Dickantone 15, Branden Scott 3, Lucas Schilling 2, Keelan Norwood 2.
The junior varsity topped Peru 46-39.
Leading the Squires was Rylie Rickert with 16 points. Keelan Norwood added 11, Cody Freeman 4, Braxtin Wilson 3, Bailey Ness 3, Byers 3, Cripe 2, Hicks 2, Dierks 2.