Keaffaber Leads Norse Over Squires

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.

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