The Manchester boys basketball team had one bad quarter and then made a gut check comeback, falling short at Tri Central 46-38.
Manchester played Tri Central bucket for bucket in the first quarter, led by seniors Derek Self and Loagn Brunn. The Squires lost the quarter 11-10 and were feeling good being on the road. Self and Brunn had all 10 of Manchester’s points, with Self having 6 with a three pointer.
The second quarter would be absolute disaster for the Squire offense, hitting just one bucket in the quarter, a three pointer from Clayton Petrie as Tri Central racked up 16 points and led the Squires 27-13 at the half.
The Squires returned the favor in the third quarter, holding Tri Central to just one bucket as the come back began. The Squires would score 8 points, which 6 come from Noah Johnson and Manchester trailed 29-21 with a quarter to go.
The comeback would continue as the Squires and Johnson would stay hot, cutting the lead to one point with 3:00 to go, but could not take the lead as Tri Central held them off and defeated the Squires 46-38. Johnson had 7 in the quarter.
Leading Manchester was Noah Johnson with 13 points. Logan Brunn had 7, Derek Self 6, Clayton Petrie 6, Grant Schuler and Neil Underwood 3.
The JV lost to Tri Central 36-30