Nothing would be better than to lead your team to it’s 12th straight win on your birthday. That’s exactly what happened to Ryan Keaffaber Friday as he pumped in a game high 26 points and led the Norse to a 68-37 win over Manchester.
Keaffaber hit the first bucket of the game and was followed with a bucket from Ryan Givens to give the Norse a quick 4-0 lead. Logan Brunn would hit before the Norse went on a 6-0 run, all scored by Keaffaber to lead 10-2. Claudel Dickantone would hit a three for the Squires to make it 10-5 before Givens hit again. Northfield led 14-7 after one.
The Norse come out smokin in the second quarter, starting the quarter on a 9-0 run to build a 23-7 lead. Givens started the run with a bucket and Chad Glasscock and Keaffaber had three’s. Clayton Petrie stopped the Norse run with a three of his own. At 23-10 the Norse would go on another run, this time 7-0, giving them a 20 point lead at 30-10. Noah Johnson connected for Manchester and then the Norse ended the quarter scoring the last 6 points and led 36-12 at the half. Ryan Givens led with 6 points in the quarter.
Manchester would score two of the first three buckets in the third quarter before Keaffaber went to work again. Keaffaber drained a three and followed it up witha duece to put the Norse up 43-16. The two was off a Chad Glasscock steal, then Keaffaber returned the favor feeding Glasscock for a bucket. Ryan Givens would follow witha bucket to make it 47-16 when Brunn hit to stop the run. Connor McLaughlin would connect on a three for the Squires to make it 47-21 when Northfield would score 5 straight. At 54-23 McLaughlin would hit his second three of the quarter for the Squires, with that being answered by a Givens bucket at the buzzer and the Norse led 56-26 after three.
Givens and Keaffaber would hit back to back to start the fourth quarter before McLaughlin hit his third three of the game. After a Northfield time out Mclaughin connected from downtown again to make it 60-32. Givens, Keaffaber and Cody Gibson and Tanner Wilcox would hit the next four buckets, giving the Norse a 68-32 lead before McLaughlin ended the scoring with a two and his fifth three of the game for the 68-37 final.
Leading Northfield was Ryan Keaffaber with 26 points, 7 steals and 3 assist. Ryan Givens had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Collin Dawes and Chad Glasscock 7, Cody Gibson 5, Dustin Echard 3 and Tanner Wilcox 2.
Leading Manchester was Connor McLaughlin with 17 points. Logan Brunn had 8, Claudel Dickantone and Clayton Petrie 3, Derek Self and Noah Johnson 2.