The Manchester boys basketball team won a nip and tuck game Saturday, using a strong fourth quarter to get past Tri-Central 51-48.
The game was tight the entire night as both teams scored 11 points in the first quarter. The Squires scored 11 points on 4 buckets as the 3 pointers were the main offense. Chase Fierstos, Clayton Petrie and Neil Underwood all hit from behind the arch. Claudell Dickantone had the lone two point bucket.
The scoring would slow a little in the second with Tri-Central winning the quarter 8-7 to lead 19-18 at the half. Dickantone would take his turn hitting a three, with Underwood connecting on two buckets for the Squires 7 points.
Tri-Central would increase their lead by one point in the third, out scoring Manchester 13-12 for a 32-30 lead. Five Squires scored in the quarter with Phoenix Goad getting in on the action with a bucket.
Defending home court, the Squires would explode for 21 points in the final quarter, out scoring Tri-Central by 5 to pull off the 51-48 final. The Squires hit 8 free throws in the fourth.
Leading the Squires in scoring was Claudell Dickantone with 16 points. Neil Underwood had 15, Chase Fierstos 12, Clayton Petrie 6, Phoenix Goad 2.
The junior varsity topped Tri-Central 53-39.
Micah McDaniel led with 22 points. Cameron Brandenburg had 13, Rylie Rickert 6, Derek Flack 4, Owen Johnson 3, Dalton Day 3, Braydon Sewell 1, Rainer Borgmann 1.