The Manchester boys basketball team had a game Tuesday they would soon forget. Leading 10-8 in the first quarter the Squire offense went stone cold while Maconaquah caught fire as the Braves ruffed up the Squires 84-58.
The Squires took a quick 2-0 lead on a David McAtee bucket before Wyatt Hughes and Chandler Pitts scored 6 straight to give Maconaquah a 6-0 lead. Chase Fierstos would then drain a three and a two, plus got a bucket form Koehl Fluke to give Manchester a 10-8 lead. The Braves would then find their inside game as Hughes and Keron Hullum combined for 8 straight as Maconaquah led 16-10 after one.
Hughes would get the first bucket of the second quarter for 10 straight Braves points and were leading 22-14 when the Squires cut the lead in half off two buckets from Fluke to make it 22-18. As fast as the Squires cut the lead the Braves answered. Brayden Marley would hit a deuce and a three, followed by a three from Pitts to grab a 30-18 lead. At 36-24 Pitts would drain another three, followed by Marley hitting right before the buzzer as the Braves led 41-24 at the half.
The Braves would all but put the game away to start the third, scoring the first 11 points of the quarter. Hughes and Marley would do most of the damage with Hullum adding a bucket. Braydon Sewell would stop the Braves run when he grabbed a rebound and raced the full length of the court for a lay up and was followed by a McAtee bucket to make it 52-28. The two team would trade buckets and at 55-32 Ethan Larason and Pitts would hit back to back to end the quarter with Maconaquah leading 59-32.
The Squires would close the gap to 20 at one point in the fourth but it was to much Hughes and Marley as Maconaquah defeated Manchester 84-58.
Leading Manchester was Chase Fierstos with 18 points. Koehl Fluke added 16, Braydon Sewell 8, David McAtee 6, Mason Hamby 4, Kane Gable 3, Jake Schannep 3.
Manchester won the junior varsity contest 62-49.
Leading the Squires was Brayden Casper with 16 points. Levi Hicks added 13, Devon Rooney 13, Jake Schannep 9, Braxtin Wilson 5, Kane Gable 4, Kam Lester 2.