Manchester Edges Wabash In Overtime Thriller

The Manchester and Wabash boys basketball teams treated fans to a thriller Friday night at Manchester, with the Squires pulling out a 66-65 overtime win. The Squires lead the first three quarters of the game before Wabash made a come back to send it in to OT and the game wasn’t decided until the last two seconds.

The first quarter was a little slow scoring starting out as each team was feeling out the defense of the other. Manchester was up 5-2 after an Aric Howard three point play before Zack Hipskind drained a three to tie the score. The Squires would out score Wabash 9-4 the rest of the quarter behind two Derek Flack three’s to lead 14-9 after the first stop.

Manchester would build the lead to 16-10 before two Wabash buckets closed the score to 16-14. At 19-16 a three point run captured the next couple minutes, two by Flack and one by Hipskind to make the score 25-19. Manchester would win the last minute and a half to take a 29-21 half time lead.

Wabash would win the third quarter, out scoring Manchester by just two points, 17-15. Manchester would build the lead as high as nine points, 38-29 before Wabash would come back. Shea Beauchamp and Nate Price would get hot for the Apaches. Beauchamp had 9 points in the quarter, while Price added 7. Logan Brunn and Derek Self did the damage for the Squires keeping Manchester up and leading 44-38 after three.

Wabash would immediately cut the lead to 44-42 to start the fourth quarter before Manchester scored the next three points, forcing Wabash to call time out. The Apaches would come again and tie the score on a Beauchamp three pointer and take a 51-49 lead. Now it was Manchester’s turn to call time out with 4:12 to go. The game would go see saw, as Manchester went up 53-51 before a Price three put Wabash up 54-53. It was going to the wire and the free throw game had started. Manchester lead 58-56 with 19 seconds left after two Scott Baker free throws. Manchester fouled Breyton Nealis with 10.1 seconds remaining and calmly sank both free throws to force over time.

In over time Manchester built the lead to 4 points twice, the last at 64-60. Wabash would get a free throw from Tyler Brewer and a bucket from Price to make it 64-63. Wabash would foul Flack with 14.9 seconds left. Flack, with ice water in his veins calmly sank both free throws to make it 66-63. Wabash would hit with two seconds remaining and Manchester sttod out of bounds and let the clock run out.

Austin Flack lead Manchester with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Aric Howard scored 17 points on his 18th birthday. Derek Self had 12 points, Scott Baker and Logan Brunn with 8 points each and Caleb Thomas with 3 points.

For Wabash Shea Beauchamp had 17 points, Nate Price 14, Zack Hipskind 10, Breyton Nealis 9, Alex Hentgen 6, Tyler Brewer and Jack Holley 4 and Travis Shears 1.