Three Rivers Conference basketball was on full display on Saturday, February 3, as the Manchester High School Squires traveled to Wabash High School to take on the Apaches in a classic county match-up. As the final buzzer sounded, it was the Manchester Squires who took home the road victory, a 71-62 triumph over the Apaches.
For Manchester’s senior Koehl Fluke, the win was not the only accolade he took home with him that afternoon. During the third quarter of action, an inbound pass found the hands of Fluke, who hoisted up and sank a shot from the baseline to join the Manchester Squires’ 1,000 career points club. A moment of celebration was recognized, as Fluke embraced with teammates
and coaches as both sides of the crowd came to their feet, acknowledging the historic moment that Fluke would never forget. The senior would finish the afternoon with 15 points as well.
To begin the first quarter of play, Wabash junior Logan Vander Velden started his fine afternoon with the contest’s first four points and a steal, giving the Apaches an early 4-0 lead. Manchester would respond as junior Brayden Casper would find freshman guard Weston Hamby inside the lane for an easy two points. The two sides would trade blows for the better part of the first quarter, until the Squires would catch fire. Fluke would drain three shots from beyond-the-perimeter, as well as seven points from Weston Hamby. Although Manchester impressed with 27 first quarter points, the Apaches would finish the quarter strong, as sophomore Trenton Daughtry would sink a corner three-point jumper before the buzzer sounded. To end quarter number one, the Squires held a 27-16 advantage.
The Squires just could not seem to get the offense going during quarter number two, scoring only two points. Wabash would take full advantage of the offensive lapse by the Squires, tallying 14 points to hold a 30-29 advantage over Manchester to end the first half. Wabash senior Luke Mattern would bury a free throw as well as hitting a pair of free throws to cut the deficit,
forcing a Manchester timeout with 3:35 left in the half. The Squires clung to a 29-23 lead. LoganVander Velden would follow suit with a pair of and-one possibilities, converting on one attempt from the free throw line. Vander Velden concluded the first half with 11 points. The Apaches ended the half on a 14-0 run to claim a 30-29 lead. Mattern and Daughtry chipped in seven
points for Wabash as well. For the Squires, Weston Hamby and Fluke each scored nine points, while Casper chipped in five points to pace the Squires.
Casper started the third quarter with a bang, draining a three from the corner to reclaim the lead for the Squires. Wabash’s sophomore Dereck Vogel would answer with a triple of his own as the two sides would continue trading leads. Another Apaches basket would be answered by a Mason Hamby bucket, as well as a pair of free throws by junior Kamdyn Lester. With 4:30 remaining in the third, the Squires held a 36-33 lead. After Fluke’s historic 1,000 th point, the senior would hit another shot, accompanied by two more free throws by Lester to extend the Manchester lead to 42-34. A pair of threes from Wabash’s Mattern and Daughtry responded to four consecutive scores by Weston Hamby, cutting the Manchester lead to 46-40 with 1:30
remaining in the quarter. However, a pair of baskets from the Squires, including field goals from Casper and Fluke, gave Manchester a 50-40 lead to end the quarter.
The first three minutes of quarter number four became the “Weston Hamby Show,” as the freshman would tally two free throws, a three-point jumper, two assists, and one steal to cap off a 9-0 run by the Squires before the Apaches would be forced to call a timeout. Manchester held thelead 59-40 with under 6:00 remaining. Weston finished the contest with 20 points to lead all
scorers. Following the timeout, Wabash found their footing. Four more points from Logan Vander Velden, as well as a three-ball and a layup from Mattern cut the deficit to 61-53. However, the Manchester lead was just a bit much for the Apaches to overcome, as the Squires secured the 71-62 road victory over the Apaches. Logan Vander Velden finished the contest with
19 points, Mattern scored 17, and Daughtry would add ten for Wabash. To accompany Weston Hamby and Koehl Fluke, Brayden Casper added 16 points, and Mason Hamby finished with 12 for the Squires.
Manchester is now 10-7 overall on the year, with a 6-2 TRC record. Wabash falls to 9-7 on the season, with a 4-3 TRC record.
|11||Mason Hamby (Sr)||12||5||7||71|
|20||Kamdyn Lester (Jr)||8||2||8||25|
|22||Koehl Fluke (Sr)||15||6||13||46|
|3||Weston Hamby (Fr)||20||5||10||50|
|5||Brayden Casper (Jr)||16||7||12||58|
|#||Athlete Name||Off||Def||Tot Reb||Ast||Stls||TO|
|10||Logan Parrett (Jr)||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|11||Mason Hamby (Sr)||0||3||3||0||1||3|
|20||Kamdyn Lester (Jr)||4||4||8||4||1||1|
|22||Koehl Fluke (Sr)||1||2||3||0||0||1|
|3||Weston Hamby (Fr)||1||3||4||8||1||1|
|35||Andrew McAtee (Jr)||1||0||1||0||0||0|
|5||Brayden Casper (Jr)||2||5||7||2||0||4|
|11||Blake Gribben (Jr)||1||0||0|
|12||L. Vander velden (Jr)||19||8||15||53|
|20||Austin Vinopal (Sr)||2||1||4||25|
|22||T. Daughtry (So)||10||4||12||33|
|23||Luke Mattern (Sr)||17||7||11||64|
|30||Jared Holley (So)||5||2||4||50|
|34||E. Vander Velden (So)||0||3||0|
|5||Dereck Vogel (So)||8||3||8||38|
|#||Athlete Name||Off||Def||Tot Reb||Ast||Stls||TO|
|12||L. Vander velden (Jr)||3||2||5||4||1||2|
|20||Austin Vinopal (Sr)||2||3||5||1||1||2|
|22||T. Daughtry (So)||1||6||7||1||1||2|
|23||Luke Mattern (Sr)||0||0||3||0||3|
|30||Jared Holley (So)||2||1||3||1||1||0|
|5||Dereck Vogel (So)||1||2||3||5||1||0|