Manchester 64 – Franklin 63
MANCHESTER HOLDS ON TO DEFEAT FRANKLIN 64-63
Manchester’s men’s basketball team posted a 64-63 win over Franklin on Saturday, leaving Manchester one game out of the sixth and final spot for the HCAC Tournament with four games remaining in the regular season.
Manchester took a 29-24 lead into halftime, shooting 56 percent from the floor and holding Franklin to just 41 percent. In the second half, the Spartans let the Grizzlies back in the game, as they led MC 51-47 with 10 minutes remaining. Manchester pressed on over the next four minutes to take a 62-53 lead, and was able to hold off a 10-2 run by Franklin to close the game with the one point, 64-63 win.
Jason Spindler led the team with 21 points, hitting 9-14 shots from the floor and 3-4 free throws. He added eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Greg Flores added 13 points and three rebounds on 6-8 shooting, while Jordan Moss chipped in 12 points and five rebounds to go with his seven assists and three steals.
Manchester improves to 8-13 on the year, 6-8 in conference action. Manchester will travel to Bluffton on Wednesday and Transylvania on Saturday.
#14 Franklin 66 – Manchester 51
SPARTANS FALL TO #14 FRANKLIN 66-51
Manchester’s women’s basketball team fell to #14 in the nation and league-leading Franklin College 66-51 at home on Saturday. The Spartans took a quick 8-2 lead to start the game, but Franklin soon found themselves with a 22-15 advantage at the 3:47 mark. A Kailey Honn buzz-beating three-pointer from near mid-court gave the Spartans a 26-25 lead at the break. In the second half, Franklin shot 56 percent from the floor, and held Manchester to just 31 percent shooting to pick up the 66-51 win.
Erynn Meiklejohn led MC with 13 points, hitting 3-5 field goals and 7-8 free throws. Kailey Honn added seven points, three rebounds and three blocked shots, while Jaimie Childress also scored seven points and had a steal and an assist.
The women fall to 14-7 on the year, 10-4 in the HCAC. They will resume play at home on Wednesday for their final home game of the year, as they host Bluffton starting at 7:30 p.m.