Manchester 56 – Earlham 41
MC POSTS 56-41 WIN OVER EARLHAM, ADVANCE TO HCAC TOURNAMENT FRIDAY
Manchester’s women’s basketball team picked up a 56-41 win at Earlham on Saturday to wrap up the regular season. The Spartans jumnped out to a 13-3 lead to start the game, but Earlham outscored Manchester 8-2 to close out the first half, giving Manchester a 21-17 lead at halftime.
Manchester’s defense held Earlham to 26 percent shooting from the floor in the second half, including 1-13 from behind the three-point arc, and shot 48 percent to take the 56-41 win.
Janelle Moss had the hot hand for Manchester, hitting 7-13 shots from the floor and 3-4 free throws for a game high 17 points. She added two rebounds and an assist in the win. Alex Starkey was 5-6 at the free throw line to pick up five of her 11 points on the day. She added five rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Kailey Honn added eight points, two blocked shots and two rebounds, hitting 4-6 shots from the floor.
Manchester will advance to the HCAC Tournament, hosted by Franklin College, starting on Friday. Three-seed Manchester will face six-seed Rose-Hulman in the first round starting at 8 p.m., following the #4 Transylvania/#5 Defiance contest at 6 p.m.
Manchester 70 – Earlham 67
MOSS POSTS 20 POINTS, SPINDLER 19 IN SEASON FINALE 70-67 WIN OVER EARLHAM
Manchester’s men’s basketball team picked up a 70-67 win over Earlham Saturday, but the win wasn’t enough for Manchester to secure the sixth and final spot for the HCAC Tournament as Defiance locked up the six-seed with their win over Franklin this afternoon.
Earlham jumped out to a 15-4 lead to start the game, but Manchester tied the game up at 24-24 with just under five minutes left in the half. Earlham closed out the half on a 12-6 run to take a 36-30 halftime lead. A Greg Flores three-pointer midway in the second half gave Manchester the lead for good with a 52-50 advantage and pushed it up to as many as eight points. Earlham staged a late comeback, getting to within one point with 1:41 to go, but couldn’t get any closer giving Manchester the 70-67 win.
Jordan Moss scored 20 points in his final game as a Spartan, hitting 7-11 shots from the floor, and posted a double-double with 10 rebounds. Moss leaves MC ranked 14th in career scoring with 1,211 points. Jason Spindler added 19 points in his final game as a Spartan, hitting 7-14 shots from the floor and collected five rebounds and notched his school record setting 200th career blocked shot. Greg Flores added 10 points and five rebounds, hitting 4-7 field goals, including 2-3 three pointers.
Manchester ends the year tied for sixth place in the HCAC with a 9-9 league record an 11-14 overall record.