The Tiger Den was packed with an enthusiastic audience that witnessed a barn-burner between two Three Rivers Conference foes on Friday, February 9. The game was decided on the final moments of the contest, resulting in a buzzer-beater shot by sophomore Daunte Majors to secure victory for the Peru Tigers over the Manchester Squires. The heart-breaking los snapped a six-game winning streak by the Squires, with the team’s last loss coming exactly one month ago at the hands of Maconaquah.
Senior Gavin Gysin began the night with a bucket to put Peru ahead 2-0 to start the contest. Gysin would follow suit with a three-point bucket, scoring the first five points of the game for Peru. He finished the night leading all scorers with 18 points. Manchester senior Koehl Fluke, a recent addition to the school’s 1,000-point club, would drain a three from the corner, as
well as sinking a pair of free throws for the first five points for the Squires. 5-5 was the score with 4:55 left in the first. The Squires would pull away, however, outscoring the Tigers 18-12 in the first quarter. Freshman Weston Hamby would dish an assist to junior Kamdyn Lester, as well as hitting back-to-back buckets to set the tone for the evening for his squad. Senior Mason Hamby would tack on five points in the quarter as well, including a jumper from downtown.
It took two minutes for either side to find the bottom of the net in the second quarter, but Mason Hamby would extend the Manchester lead to eight points with a pair of free throws. However, Peru junior DJ Fuller would respond with one of his four three-point field goals on the evening, sparking an 8-0 run by the Tigers during the first 1:15 of the quarter. Fuller finished the
night with 17 points. The Squires would respond with a 6-0 run of their own, including a basket by junior Brayden Casper and consecutive scores from Fluke, extending the Manchester lead to 26-20 with three minutes left in the quarter. Fuller would bring the crowd to its feet, slamming one home to cut the deficit to four points. A Weston Hamby free throw and a mid-range jumper from Fluke would give the Squires a 29-22 lead, but the Tigers would go on another 7-0 run to end the first half of play all tied up at 29-29. Fluke concluded the half with 11 points while Weston and Mason Hamby each chipped in seven points. For Peru, Gysin led all scorers with 12 points while Fuller buried three triples in route to 11 points.
A 26-point outburst would result in the Tigers pulling away from the Squires, with the third quarter ending with a score of 55-44 in favor of Peru. Sophomore Daunte Majors would score all ten of his points in the second half, including four in the third quarter. Mason Hamby would power his way to a pair of buckets after drawing contact, converting on one three-point
opportunity on two tries. However, another Gysin bucket would extend the Peru advantage to 43-36 with 4:42 to play in the quarter. Gysin had an impressive first three quarters of basketball, scoring 16 points, which included a basket in the lane to conclude the third quarter 55-44 in favor of the Tigers.
Manchester would intensify the defensive efforts in quarter number four, allowing just five points by the Tigers. Mason Hamby would kick-off the quarter with a basket inside the paint. He finished the night with 16 points. With 4:40 left in regulation, Weston Hamby would sink a crafty left-handed layup, trimming the deficit to 58-48. Back-to-back scores from Casper
and Mason Hamby cut the score to 58-52, forcing a Peru timeout with 3:47 left to play. The Manchester fans who made the 40-minute trek to Peru rose to their feet as Lester would bury a shot inside the lane, drawing a foul in the process. The junior would hit his free throw, and just like that, the Squires were within one point, 58-57 with 36.5 seconds left in the game. Lester
finished the contest with nine points. Following a missed free throw by the Tigers, Weston Hamby would maneuver his way to the lane, kissing the ball off the glass, snagging the 59-58 lead for the Squires with only seconds left. The freshman concluded the evening with 16 points. However, the 11-0 Manchester run over a four-minute period was not enough to solidify the
victory, as Majors would utilize a great post-move to sink a highly-contested bucket as the buzzer sounded, as the Tigers survived at home against a tough Manchester team.
Peru advances to 8-9 overall on the season with a 4-3 TRC record. The Squires fall to 10-8 overall on the year, with a 6-3 TRC record. Manchester will be back in action on Saturday, February 10 as the Squires host Whitko at approximately 7:30 P.M.
|11||Mason Hamby (Sr)||16||5||11||45|
|20||Kamdyn Lester (Jr)||9||2||3||67|
|22||Koehl Fluke (Sr)||11||3||10||30|
|3||Weston Hamby (Fr)||16||5||13||38|
|5||Brayden Casper (Jr)||7||3||7||43|
|#||Athlete Name||Off||Def||Tot Reb||Ast||Stls||TO|
|10||Logan Parrett (Jr)||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|11||Mason Hamby (Sr)||1||4||5||3||1||2|
|20||Kamdyn Lester (Jr)||1||1||2||0||1||3|
|22||Koehl Fluke (Sr)||1||2||3||1||2||3|
|3||Weston Hamby (Fr)||1||4||5||2||2||3|
|5||Brayden Casper (Jr)||4||7||11||2||1||0|