After the big win over Tippecanoe Valley Friday night a Saturday letdown was a possibility for the Squires on Saturday as they hosted Tri Central, but then again it is the Squires and coach Eric Thompson so a letdown wasn’t in the cards as Manchester won their 9th game in a row 66-59 to move to 12-5 for the season.
Manchester got off to the start they needed to keep that letdown from happening as they raced out to a 16-6 first quarter lead. Chase Fierstos and Koehl Fluke each drained three as four different players scored in the quarter for the 10 point lead.
The three point shot remained huge for the Squires in the second quarter as Fierstos, Fluke and Cameron Brandenburg each connected. Fierstos and Chainey Zolman each had five points in the quarter as the Squires out scored Tri Central 15-11 and led 31-17 at the half.
A track meet broke out in the third quarter as the two teams put up a combined 46 points. Tri Central won the quarter 24-22. The 22 points scored by Manchester came from two players as Fierstos and Zolman had 11 points each. Manchester led 53-41 with a quarter to go.
The pace remained fast in the fourth as Tri Central needed to push to catch up but the Squires slowed things down just enough that a comeback by the visitors was not an option. Tri Central won the quarter 18-13 for the 66-59 final. Koehl Fluke had 9 points in the quarter for the Squires.
Leading Manchester was Chase Fierstos with 23 points. Koehl Fluke added 19, Chainey Zolman 17, David McAtee 4, Cameron Brandenburg 3.
Manchester won the junior varsity game 46-26.
Braxtin Wilson led the Squires with 14 points. Bailey Ness added 10, Heath Dierks 6, Levi Hicks 5, Jake Schannep 5, Kane Gable 4, Adam Byers 2.