The Manchester Squire boys basketball team is just 3-12 on the season, but by years end could be the most feared team in the sectional. Other than the Northfield game Tuesday night the ever improving Squires have been in every game since the county tourney.
Manchester traveled to Peru Saturday to battle coach Thompson’s old team. For three quarters it was anyone’s game, but the Squires fell short, losing to Peru 60-48.
The game started at a pretty fast pace and the Squires were matching Peru bucket for bucket. Connor McLaughlin continued his hot shooting from Friday, when he hit five three pointers against Northfield, knocking down three in the first quarter to keep the Squires close, trailing 20-17 after one.
Both teams would start to settle in on the defensive side of the ball in the second quarter, playing the quarter even at 8-8. Manchester had four different players score two points each and it was 28-25 at the half.
The third quarter was much of the same as the Squires would not let the Tigers out of their sight. Peru out scored Manchester 13-11 to lead 41-36 after three and the Squires were in striking distance. Logan Brunn scored 8 of the Squire 11 points in the quarter. Derek Self had the other three.
Peru would start to open the gap in the fourth quarter, but not without Mclaughlin trying to keep the Squires close, draining two more three pointers and a deuce before the Squires fell 60-48.
Leading Manchester was Connor McLaughlin with 19 points. Logan Brunn had 12, Derek Self 9, Clayton Petrie 6 and Claudel Dickantone 2.
The junior varsity lost to Peru 47-26.
Leading the Squires was Micah McDaniel with 10 points. Austin Brewer had 6, Neil Underwood 4, Cody Egner, Rainer Borgmann and Lucas Schilling 2 each.