It was bitter cold outside, but raining three’s inside Manchester high school. Unfortunately for the Squires it was Caston causing the rain, hitting 10 three’s to defeat Manchester 51-44.
Caston started the game with a three pointer and had 4 in the first quarter, but the Squires weathered the storm with team balance having 6 players score in the quarter and the game was tied at 13 after one. Leading the balance was Austin Flack with 3 points.
Manchester took the lead to start the second quarter on a Scott Baker bucket and built it to 18-14 on a Derek Self free throw. Caston would drain another three and then hit a two pointer to take the lead at 19-18. At 22-19 Caston would convert an old fashion three point play and end the quarter on a three pointer banked in at the buzzer to take a 28-20 lead in to the locker room.
The theme stayed the same as Caston started the third quarter with a three pointer. Manchester would hit back to back buckets by Self and Logan Brunn to cut the lead to 31-25 gaining some momentum. Caston’s answer was back to back three pointers to build the lead back to 37-25. The two teams would play the rest of the quarter to a 4-4 tie and Caston lead 41-29 after three.
Manchester hit the first bucket of the fourth quarter, but could get no closer than 10 points until late in the quarter. The Squires cut the lead to 48-42 with 40 seconds remaining, but the spread offense of Caston kept the ball away from Manchester, hitting 1 free throw and a bucket the last few seconds for the 51-44 win.
Leading Manchester was Logan Brunn and Scott Baker with 10 points. Brunn had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Baker had 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 5 blocks. Austin Flack had 9 points, 2 reboubds, 5 assist and 5 steals. Derek Self had 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist and 2 steals. Aric Howard and Caleb Thomas had 2 points. Thomas had 1 rebound and 1 steal.