The Manchester boys basketball team ran in to a buzz saw Thursday, traveling to Caston and falling to the Comets 66-39.
The Comets set the tone of the night right from the opening tip, out scoring the Squires 21-7 in the first quarter. Connor McLaughlin continued his torrid pace from behind the arch, hitting his 11th in the last three games to give the Squires some life.
The Manchester offense started to come to life in the second quarter, again behind a McLaughlin three and 4 of 6 free throw shooting from Logan Brunn, but the Comets still out scored the Squires 18-12 and led 39-19 at the half.
The Squires come out in the third quarter and were ice cold from the field, hitting just one bucket, which was a three pointer from Clayton Petrie as Caston out scored the Squires 12-3 to build a 51-22 lead.
After a slow third quarter, it was just the opposite in the fourth for Manchester. The Squires out scored the Comets 17-15 in a game that the outcome had already been decided. Manchester hit two, three pointers in the quarter, one by Petrie and one by Micah McDaniel. Logan Brunn led the Squires in the quarter with 7 points.
Leading Manchester was Logan Brunn with 13 points. Clayton Petrie had 8, Connor McLaughlin 6, Caleb Thomas 5, Grant Schuler 4 and Micah McDaniel 3.
The Squire junior varsity come from 13 points down in the second half to defeat Caston 39-38. Lucas Schilling and Grant Schuler hit clutch free throws down the stretch for the win.
Leading the Squires was Micah McDaniel with 17 points. Grant Schuler had 9, Lucas Schilling 6, Connor Eichenaur 3, Neil Underwood 2, Cody Egner 2.