by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys’ basketball team locked up a runner up finish in the TRC Saturday with a 49-46 win over Rochester. The Squires finished the conference with a 6-1 record.
The Squires trailed 11-10 after the first stop, getting five buckets with three coming from Chase Fierstos. Braydon Sewell and Clayton Petrie each had a bucket.
The Squires would play the Zebras to a 9-9 tie in the second, hitting three shots from behind the arch. Clayton Petrie got two of the three's with Claudell Dickantone getting the other. Manchester trailed 20-19 at the half.
Manchester wasn't able to shake Rochester in the third, but they did grab a lead. The Squires got points from four different players as they out scored Rochester 12-10 to lead by just a point, 31-30 with a quarter to go. Chase Fierstos had a three during the quarter with Petrie and Dickantone getting buckets.
Manchester saved their best offensive out put for the fourth quarter with 18 points and it’s a good thing they did, winning the quarter by just two points. As they have done in past games, the Squires converted from the free throw line to preserve the win. Dickantone, Petrie and Phoenix Goad each had a bucket with Manchester getting 12 points from the free throw line.
Leading the Squires was Clayton Petrie with 17 points. Chase Fierstos and Claudell Dickantone added 12 points each. Braydon Sewell had 4 points while Phoenix Goad and Cameron Brandenburg had 2 points each.
The junior varsity topped Rochester 44-27.
Manchester was led by Cody Freeman with 15 points. David McAtee added 12, Keelan Norwood 6, Zach Hill 3, Rylie Rickert 2, Levi Hicks 2, Austin Byers 2, Austin Brewer 2.