It was senior and Hall of Fame night at Manchester and the gym was full of excitement. The Squires dug an early hole for themselves and then rallied in the third quarter, but ran out of steam falling to Garrett 56-51.
With all the excitement of the nights festivities the Squires come out fired up, scoring the first 6 points of the game. Connor McLaughlin got things started witha three pointer that was followed up with a Neil Underwood three to lead 6-0. Garret would then go on an 8-0 run to take the lead back when Derek Self tied it with a bucket. Garrett would score the next 4 points and out score the Squires 11-3 down the stretch to lead Manchester 19-11 after one.
Self would hit the first bucket of the second quarter to cut the lead to 19-13 when the Railroaders went on a 10-0 run to open a 29-13 lead. McLaughlin stopped the run with his second three pointer with 2:37 left. Manchester would out score Garrett 5-2 the remainder of the quarter and trailed 31-21 at the half.
Coach Thompson and the team would make some adjustments at the half and would make a game of it in the third quarter. Caleb Thomas hit two buckets, one before and after a Garrett bucket and then hit two free throws to cut the Garrett lead to 33-27. Logan Brunn then got in on the action with a bucket to make it 33-29. Garrett built the lead back to 38-29 when Derek Self drained a two and a three to make it 38-34, starting an 11-0 Squire run. Brunn picked the pocket of his man and went for a layup, cutting it to 38-36, then Clayton Petrie hit back to back to give the Squires the lead at 40-38. Petrie would hit one more time and the scores was all knotted at 42 after three.
Garrett would hit a three pointer to start the fourth quarter and held a three point lead until Thomas hit a free throw with 4:26 to go, making it 49-47. After a Garrett foul and a Brunn technical the free throws made it 52-49 with 3:02 to play. Garrett decided to hold the ball with 2:22 to go, forcing Manchester to foul. The Railroaders built the lead to 54-49 when McLaughlin hit with 28.6 left to make it 54-51. Garrett would hit two more free throws down the stretch as the Squires couldn’t find the bucket and fell 56-51.
Connor McLaughlin led the Squires with 10 points. Derek Self and Caleb Thomas had 9 points each. Logan Brunn had 8, Clayton Petrie 7, Grant Schuler and Neil Underwood 3 and Claudel Dickantone 2.