Dominant Fourth Quarter Sends Squires to Sixth Win Of Season

Story By Kody Smith–A 24-point outburst in the fourth quarter of non-conference action led the Manchester High School basketball squad to a 57-39 victory over the Bellmont Braves on Tuesday, January 23. The two teams battled evenly throughout the first three quarters, but a 24-2 onslaught in the fourth quarter secured the victory for the Squires.

Senior Koehl Fluke began his tremendous evening with a stop-and-pop jumper from the free-throw-line to kick-start the scoring efforts. A pair of Bellmont free throws were answered bya bucket by freshman Weston Hamby off of an assist from junior Kamdyn Lester. 4-2 Manchester early in the first. Three straight makes by the Braves gave Bellmont an 8-4 lead, but
Fluke would respond with a triple from downtown, cutting the deficit to 8-7. Junior Logan Parrett would sink his first and only shot of the contest late in the first quarter, however the Braves would keep a thin grasp on a 13-11 lead entering the second quarter of action.

Bellmont’s Brady Manis weaved his way to the bucket for the hard fought basket to begin the second quarter, putting the Braves up by four. Weston Hamby then drives the lane and draws contact, burying one of two free throw attempts, making it 15-12 Bellmont early in the second. Fluke responds to a Bellmont three minute dry-spell with two consecutive shots from downtown,cutting the Braves’ lead down to 19-18. Junior Brayden Casper would add a basket of his own, which is followed up by a layup by senior Mason Hamby off an assist from Fluke. The Squires hold a one-point advantage at halftime, leading 23-22. Fluke led all scorers in the half with 11 points.

The two teams would trade jabs to start the third quarter, with Bellmont gaining the advantage following four points scored by sophomore Kade Fuelling and a three-pointer off the ​hands of senior Oliver Gehres. The Braves lead is now 31-25 with under three minutes to play in the third quarter. Mason Hamby’s strong second half would begin following this string of buckets by the Braves, nailing a three to bring the deficit down to 31-28. Another Hamby bucket as well as a triple by Casper at the buzzer was not quite enough to reclaim the lead for Manchester, as the Braves held a 37-33 advantage entering the final quarter of play.

The wheels fell off for the Braves as the wheels kept on churning for the Squires, as Manchester dominated the final quarter of play, outscoring Bellmont 24-2 in route to the victory. The quarter started following an excellent block on defense by Fluke, which was awarded with a made field goal attempt by Mason Hamby. A 15-0 run dating back to the final moments of the
third quarter was capped off by the fourth three-point field goal made by Fluke as well as a Weston Hamby drive to the lane. The Jungle was rocking as the Squires now held a 45-37 lead with 4:35 left in regulation. Mason Hamby would score seven in the quarter, including a three-pointer from the corner as time was winding down in the fourth.

The dominant fourth quarter propelled Manchester to the non-conference victory, and the Squires are now 6-7 on the year

Athlete Name Pts
Logan Parrett (Jr) 2
Mason Hamby (Sr) 18
Kamdyn Lester (Jr) 0
Koehl Fluke (Sr) 19
Weston Hamby (Fr) 7
Andrew McAtee (Jr) 0
Brayden Casper (Jr) 11
Athlete Name Off Def Tot Reb Ast Stls Blks
Mason Hamby (Sr) 3 3 6 1 2 2
Kamdyn Lester (Jr) 1 4 5 4 2
Koehl Fluke (Sr) 0 3 3 3 3
Weston Hamby (Fr) 1 2 3 5 2
Andrew McAtee (Jr) 1 0 1 0 0
Brayden Casper (Jr) 1 3 4 3 3
Konrad Borgmann (Jr) 0 0 0 0 1 1
A. Underwood (So) 0 0 0 0 0

The Manchester junior varsity defeated Bellmont 44-32

Scoring : Stout 9, Creager 6, Carter 10, Meyer 6, Krull 7, Underwood 6

Photos By Sam Knight

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