It was a rematch of the county tourney consolation game as the Manchester and Wabash boys basketball teams hooked up for a regular season battle. In a game that had several ties and lead changes it boiled down to free throws, where the Squires were 29 of 36 to pick up their third win of the season with a 73-64 win over the Apaches.
Tyler Brewer would hit the first bucket of the night to put the Apaches up 2-0 when Manchester would respond with an 8-0 run. Clayton Petrie, Neil Underwood and Claudell Dickanton all hit before Underwood hit for a second time and the Squires were up 8-2. Breyton Nealis would stop the run with two free throws before Dickantone drained a three pointer to lead 11-4. Chase Fierstos would sandwich a bucket between buckets from Grant Sailors and Mike Jones and the Squires led 13-8 after one.
Wabash would get hot to start the second quarter, scoring the first seven points to take a 15-13 lead. Taylor Vigar would drain a three and Nealis a duece to knot the score at 13 and then got buckets from Andrew Adamson and Tyler King for the four point lead. Manchester coach Eric Thompson would enter freshman Derek Flack who had an immediate impact. Flack would score 8 of the Squires next 10 points to give Manchester a 23-19 lead. To end the quarter, Nealis would hit two free throws and King a bucket and the score was 23-23 at the half.
To start the third, Andrew Adamson drained a three to give the Apaches the lead before Squire Neil Underwood would take over. Underwood would score 11 of the Squires 18 points in the quarter, while the Manchester defense held Wabash to 10, as the Squires led the Apaches 41-33 with a quarter to go.
The fourth quarter was an absolute track meet that looked like an NBA game. The two teams scored a combined 65 points with Manchester winning the quarter 33-32. The Squires hit just five, two point buckets in the quarter as the Apaches put Manchester on the line to play catch up. The plan back fired as Manchester hit 22 free throws in the quarter to hold off Wabash for the 73-64 win. Manchester had two players score in double figures in the fourth quarter. Claudell Dickanton had 10, while Neil Underwood had 11. Andrew Adamson had 13 in the quarter for Wabash. Breyton Nealis added 9.
Manchester coach Eric Thompson ” Held off an explosive Wabash team’s multiple runs. We are gaining experience as we go.”
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 18 points. Clayton Petrie and Neil Underwood added 15. Chase Fierstos and Derek Flack had 8, Branden Scott 7 and Pheonix Goad 2.
For Wabash Breyton Nealis had 21 points, Andrew Adamson 19, Tyler King 11, Tyler Brewer 6, Taylor Vigar 3, Mike Jones 2, Grant Sailors 2.
Wabash won the junior varsity contest 43-35.
Leading the Apaches was Shane Vigar with 13 points. Chase Dirig added 10, Christian Hall 8, Trevor Vest 6, Keaton Cruz 4, Brodie Hough 2.
Leading Manchester was Derek Flack with 15 points. Micah McDaniel had 6, Rylie Rickert 4, Cody Hann 4, Dalton Day 2, Keelan Norwood 2, Austin Brewer 2.