It was a balanced attack for the Southwood Knights as they spread the wealth in a 67-48 win over Manchester Friday night. In the fourth game of the night and the third in a row in the Manchester high school gym things got started late. The Knights were playing with out leading rebounder Dalton Gentry so they had to rely on some new blood to clog the middle. Enter Codie Shafer.
The game would start with the two teams going back and forth. They traded the lead five times in the first quarter until Southwood’s Connor Hobbs drained his third three pointer of the quarter to give the Knights a 12-9 lead. Mike Cook would hit the last two buckets of the quarter to give Southwood a 16-9 lead. Manchester had four different players hit a bucket in the quarter.
The second quarter would belong to the Knights. Southwood out scored Manchester 22-12 to take a 38-21 half time lead. The lead was built on small runs. Up 16-13 the Knights scored the next 7 points behind balanced scoring. The Knights would end the quarter on a 7-3 run, capped off by a four point play by Collin Huston. Jim Sainsbury lead the Squires with 6 points.
Mike Cook started the third quarter with two free throws to stretch the lead to 40-21. Scott Baker hit his first of three buckets in the quarter for Manchester before Hobbs canned his fourth three of the game. Southwood slowly built the lead to 50-27. Manchester, trying to claw their way back in the game cut it to 50-32 after a Neil Underwood three pointer. Shafer answered the call with two buckets and the Knights were up 54-34 after three.
Manchester’s Austin Flack tried to will the Squires back in the game in the fourth quarter, driving down the middle for little jumpers and layups, scoring 9 of his 13 points in the quarter, but again the Knights spread the wealth with 6 players scoring in the quarter to maintain their lead, hitting some free throws at the end for a 67-48 win.
Southwood had five players score in double figures. Leading the Knights was Mike Cool with 16 points. Connor Hobbs had 14, Levi Winget 13, Collin Huston 12 and Codie Shafer 10. Devin Dale had two free throws.
For Manchester, Scott Baker had 15 points, Austin Flack 13, Derek Self and Jim Sainsbury 6, Neil Underwood 3 and Aric Howard 2.