Squires Keep The Ball Rolling

The Manchester boys basketball team has been turning their season around the last three weeks and Friday the kept the ball rolling as they defeated Peru 69-54.

The Squires jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Mason Hamby bucket that was answered by a three from Jeramiah Johnson to put Peru up 3-2. Hamby would hit again before Bailey Gardner hit back to back three’s to give the Tigers a 9-4 lead. Manchester would then answer with an 11-0 run that started with a Brayden Casper three, followed by a David McAtee three to put Manchester up 10-9. McAtee would then hit off a steal, following it up with a three point play for a 15-9 lead. Johnson would stop the run with a bucket before Hamby ended the quarter with two as Manchester led 17-11 after one.

Manchester would extend their lead to 20-11 off a Casper lead to start the second quarter before Christian Howell hit a free throw. Hamby would then make it 22-12 when Howell hit, followed by a tip in from Gardner to make it 24-16. With Manchester leading 30-18 after a Hamby bucket, Gardner would convert a three point play to make it 30-21. The Squires would finish the quarter with an Adam Byers free throw before McAtee hit right before the buzzer for a Manchester 33-21 halftime lead.

Jeremaih Johnson would get the first bucket of the third quarter that was answered by Hamby as the teams traded buckets until 37-26 when Gardner hit off a rebound and was followed by a Johnson bucket and a Jonah Lester free throw to cut the Squires lead to 37-31. Manchester would respond with an 8-0 run with Koehl Fluke hitting two straight three pointers, followed by a McAtee lay up off a steal to make it 45-31. Duante Majors would stop the run with two free throws before Fluke hit his third long ball of the quarter to make it 50-33. Gardner and Johnson would hit buckets around a McAtee bucket to finish the scoring in the quarter with Manchester leading 52-37 with a quarter to go.

Bailey Gardner hit the first bucket of the fourth quarter before a McAtee three and a bucket from Hamby made it 57-39 when Johnson and Gardner answered with back to back three’s to make it 57-45. Hamby would then score 4 straight before a Howell bucket made it 61-47. Fluke would hit two free throws with 2:24 left for a Manchester 63-47 lead when Johnson scored 5 straight to cut the lead to 63-52. At 65-54 Fluke and Hamby would hit free throws down the stretch as the Squires went on for the 69-54 win.

The Manchester junior varsity fell to Peru 39-36.

Scoring : Stout 4, Creager 11, Isbell 4, McAtee 6, Parrett 4, Davis 2, Meyer 3, Krull 2.


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