The Manchester boys basketball team had one bad quarter that was the difference Friday as the Squires lost to Tippecanoe Valley 58-42.
For three quarters the Squires played with Valley, being out scored by 15 points in the second quarter and losing by 16.
Winning at Valley is not an easy task no matter who you are. The ever improving Squires stayed with the Vikings the first quarter, being out scored just 14-10. The Squires hit four buckets in the quarter, two of which were three pointers. Connor McLaughlin and Derek Self hit from behind the arch. Self led the Squires in the quarter with 5 points.
The second quarter decided the out come of the game as Valley out scored Manchester 19-4 to lead 33-14 at the half. Logan Brunn and Grant Schuler had the two buckets for the Squires.
The Squires would play Valley even up in the third quarter to a 12-12 tie. The Squires spread the wealth in scoring with five players finding the bucket. Logan Brunn led with 4 points. Manchester trailed 45-26 at the end of three.
Manchester would out score Valley 16-13 in the final quarter to win the second half 28-25, but the deficit was to much to over come, falling 58-42. Manchester hit five buckets in the quarter, four being behind the arch. Neil Underwood had two of the three pointers and led the quarter with 6 points.
Logan Brunn, Connor McLaughlin and Neil Underwood led with 8 points each. Derek Self and Clayton Petrie had 7 points each. Caleb Thomas and Grant Schuler had 2 points each.
Coach Thompson ” Getting better every game, plugging away.”
The junior varsity lost to Valley 36-21.
Micah McDaniel led with 13 points. Lucas Schilling had 4 points. Claudell Dickantone and Noah Johnson added 2 points each.