The Southwood boys basketball team seen the lead one time the first 30 minutes of Friday night’s game against Manchester, then pulled it out in the end to defeat the Squires in a 61-58 thriller.
Levi Winget got the Knights off to a quick start, hitting back to back three pointers to give Southwood a 6-0 lead before the Squire offense would begin to gel. Logan Brunn answered with two buckets, followed by a Connor McLaughlin three to give the Squires a 7-6 lead. Manchester would extend the lead to 12-6 before Connor Hobbs two free throws made it 12-8. Brunn, Derek Self and McLaughlin would stay hot and Manchester built their lead to 19-12. Winget would hit two more times and Brunn once and Manchester led 19-16 after one.
Manchester would start the second quarter building the lead back to 22-16 before Jackson Blair got in on the action, hitting back to back buckets making it 22-20. Self hit a three, followed by Wingets third three. Brunn would hit, backed up by another McLaughlin three and the Squires were back up 30-23. Grant Keaffaber would hit to draw the Knights as close as they would get the rest of the half at 30-25 as the Squires out scored the Knights 6-2 down the stretch and led 36-27 at the half.
Self would start the third with a bucket, upping the lead to 11 points before Hobbs drained a two and a three to make it 38-32. Southwood kept clawing away and Manchester hung on and after the dust settled the Squires led 46-39 heading to the fourth.
Two bucket from each team early in the fourth started a high paced finale and with 5:00 to go the Squires still led 50-43. Ross Phillipy and Self traded buckets before Hobbs hit two free throws to make it 52-48. Winget would hit to make it 52-50, forcing the Squires to take a time out. Coming out of the time out, Brunn would connect to put the Squires up 54-50. Keaffaber would hit two free throws with 3:28 remaining, followed by a Winget bucket and it was all knotted up at 54 heading for the last two minutes. Caleb Thomas hit and then Hobbs connected on a three to give Southwood just their second lead of the game at 57-56 with 2:06 to go. Thomas hit again and Jackson Blair matched him with 1:06 to go and Southwood clinging to a 59-58 lead. With 23.4 seconds left the Knights stole the ball and Blair was immediately fouled. Blair calmly sank both free throws, giving the Knights a 61-58 lead and the Squires had one more chance. Manchester couldn’t convert and Southwood hung on for the win.
Leading Southwood was Levi Winget with 22 points. Connor Hobbs had 21, Jackson Blair 10, Grant Keaffaber 4, Sexton Boggs and Ross Phillipy 2.
For Manchester Derek Self led with 20. Logan Brunn had 19, Connor McLaughlin 12 and Caleb Thomas 7.