Squires Fall In Season Road Opener

The Manchester boys basketball team traveled to Mississinewa for their season opener, falling behind early and losing to the Indians 61-53.

Mississnewa jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Mason Hamby hit a two free throws to make it 5-2. The Indians would increase their lead to 9-2 when David McAtee made it 9-4. The Mississnewa lead would grow to 12-4 when McAtee drained a three to cut the deficit to 12-7. The Indians would then score 5 straight to open a 17-7 lead before a Brayden Casper free throw broke the run. At 19-8 Casper would nail a three, followed by a McAtee three to make it 19-14 after one.

The pace would slow a bit in the second quarter before Koehl Fluke hit to close the gap to 19-16. Mississnewa would build their lead back to 24-19 before Hamby scored the final bucket of the quarter with the Squires trailing 24-21 at the half.

The Indians would immediately defend home court to start the third quarter, scoring the first 6 points to grab a 30-21 lead  before Fluke stopped the run with a bucket. Manchester cut the lead to 30-27 before Mississinewa scored 5 straight for a 35-27 lead. Again it would be Hamby stopping the run and eventually hitting a bucket that tied the score at 35. Koehl Fluke then gave the Squires the lead, hitting a bucket and converting a three point play for a 38-35 lead. Manchester led 38-37 with a quarter to go.

The fourth quarter would be like a track meet with the pace of the game picking up. Mississnewa would score the first 5 points of the quarter to take the lead back at 42-38 before two Hamby free throws made it 42-40. Mississnewa would again make one of their runs, opening a 51-42 lead before the Squires made it 51-46. The Indians would continue to hold a small lead at 57-53 and went on to win 61-53.

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