The Manchester boys basketball team fell to a very good Columbia City team Friday 66-41. The 4A Eagles came in flying high with a 16-3 record and plenty of fire power.
Columbia City flexed their muscle early as they out scored the Squires 15-6 in the first quarter and 17-11 in the second for a 32-17 halftime lead. Senior Neil Underwood hit a three pointer in the first quarter for the Squires, with Claudell Dickantone scoring the other three. Manchester would hit three times from behind the arch in the second quarter with Dickantone hitting twice and Chase Fierstos once.
The Eagles would double up on the Squires in the third quarter, 18-9 to stretch the lead to 50-26. Dickantone and Underwood would both hit three pointers, with Dickantone adding a duece and a free throw.
The Squires would be out scored just 16-15 in the fourth. Dickantone connected on three buckets with Derek Flack adding a three pointer. Manchester hit six free throws in the quarter, falling 66-41.
Leading the Squires was Claudell Dickantone with 23 points. Neil Underwood added 10, Derek Flack 4, Chase Fierstos 3, Branden Scott 1.
The Manchester junior varsity fell to Columbia City 44-38.
Micah McDaniel led with 11 points, Rylie Rickert 9, Dalton Day 6, Rainer Borgmann 6.
Photos By Sam Knight