The Manchester Squires were on a two game winning streak and for the first half looked as though they were on track to make it three in a row. One bad quarter cost the Squires a 44-43 loss.
The game started out on the right track for the Squires, as Manchester road the back of Logan Brunn who had 6 of the 11 team points as the Squires led 11-8 after one.
Things began to get a little physical in the second quarter and as a result helped the Warriors stay in the game. Both teams scored 14 points, with North Miami getting 10 of their 14 points from the free throw lane. Clayton Petrie took over for Manchester in the second, scoring 6 of his team high 15 points. Connor McLaughlin drained a three for the Squires and Manchester led 26-22 at the half.
Paul Hayes would take over for North Miami in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his game high 17 points and 10 of the Warriors 12 points, while Manchester struggled on offense only being able to find the bucket three times, as North Miami out scored the Squires 12-6 and led Manchester 34-31.
Manchester would bring out the long ball in the fourth quarter. Trying to overcome the three point deficit the Squires would connect on three, three pointers, two by Connor McLaughlin to try and cut in to the Warrior lead, out scoring North Miami 12-10 in the quarter, but North Miami held on with an Austin See free throw to edge the Squires 44-43.
Leading the Squires was Clayton Petrie with 15 points. Connor McLaughlin had 11, Logan Brunn 10, Phoenix Goad 3 and Caleb Thomas 2.
Coach Thompson ” We are competing each game consistently and learning how to win.”
The Squire JV defeated North Miami.
Leading Manchester was Micah McDaniel with 12 points. Lucas Schilling had 8, Neil Underwood 7 and Cody Hann 6.