Story By Kody Smith -Coming off of a heart-breaking 60-59 loss at Peru inside the Tiger Den on Friday, the Manchester Squires returned home to “The Jungle” with a dominant 82-59 victory over the Whitko Wildcats on Saturday, February 10. The The Three Rivers contest was a one-sided affair as the Squires secured their seventh victory over the last eight games played.
Whitko began the night’s scoring as senior Shad Ebbinghouse drained a two-point bucket. This was the only lead that the Wildcats would obtain in the contest. Manchester’s freshman point guard Wes Hamby would bury a tripe, pushing the Squires to the 3-2 lead. The team would not look back, outscoring Whitko 17-6 in the quarter. Senior Mason Hamby would add seven points in the first quarter, while junior Kamdyn Lester would tack on four points to aid the scoring efforts.
Quarter number two is where the Squires really showed that they were ready to avenge the loss to Peru from just 24 hours prior to this one, exploding for 28 points in the second. MasonHamby would follow up a pair of free throws from his brother Weston with a three-point conversion after drawing a foul on a made shot attempt, extending the Manchester lead to 22-8
early in the quarter. Junior Brayden Casper compiled a terrific second quarter of play, scoring 11 points, including three buried three-point attempts. Senior Koehl Fluke finished the night with nine points, with seven coming in the second quarter. Fluke would face a double-team defense astime was ticking away, burying a circus-three-point field goal as the buzzer sounded. The Squiresheld a demanding 45-17 at halftime. Casper led all scorers with 13 points, while Mason Hamby tacked on 12.
Casper began the third with a floater inside the paint, a soft left-handed touch that concluded his 15-point outing. Mason Hamby, who finished the night with 19 points, would follow suit with another bucket of his own. With 5:50 left in the third, the Squires still held a comfortable lead, 49-22. Following another Manchester run that saw the Squires take a 62-26 lead, Whitko senior River West would catch fire, sinking three shots from behind-the arc, including a make from downtown at the buzzer to conclude the third quarter. West finished the third with 20 points in the contest, more than half of the rest of the Wildcats roster combined. The Squires maintained a nearly 30-point advantage, 66-37 at the end of three quarters of TRC basketball.
West would drain his fourth and final triple of the night to start the fourth quarter, but it was nowhere near enough to spark the comeback. West finished the evening with 29 points to lead all scorers. With such a commanding advantage, multiple faces from the junior varsity squadsaw a plentiful amount of minutes for the Squires, including sophomore Austin Underwood who
would score eight points in the final quarter alone. Junior Andrew McAtee would chip in four points as well for the Squires. The final two points of the evening were scored by Lester, cappingoff his nine point evening, as Manchester would win in dominant fashion over its TRC foe, the Whitko Wildcats.
Manchester is now 11-8 overall on the season, including a 7-3 TRC record. Whitko falls to 5-4 in the Three Rivers Conference, and are now 8-13 overall in the 2017-2018 season.
|10||Logan Parrett (Jr)||2||1||1||100|
|11||Mason Hamby (Sr)||19||8||11||73|
|20||Kamdyn Lester (Jr)||9||4||7||57|
|22||Koehl Fluke (Sr)||9||3||10||30|
|23||Isaiah Davis (Jr)||0||0||2||0|
|3||Weston Hamby (Fr)||12||3||4||75|
|34||Mason Meyer (Jr)||2||0||2||0|
|35||Andrew McAtee (Jr)||4||2||2||100|
|5||Brayden Casper (Jr)||15||6||8||75|
|52||Konrad Borgmann (Jr)||2||1||1||100|
|54||A. Underwood (So)||8||4||4||100|
|#||Athlete Name||Off||Def||Tot Reb||Ast||Stls||TO|
|10||Logan Parrett (Jr)||1||1||2||1||0||0|
|11||Mason Hamby (Sr)||5||4||9||0||1||4|
|20||Kamdyn Lester (Jr)||2||4||6||7||1||0|
|22||Koehl Fluke (Sr)||2||0||2||1||0||1|
|23||Isaiah Davis (Jr)||0||0||0||1||0||2|
|3||Weston Hamby (Fr)||1||5||6||7||2||2|
|34||Mason Meyer (Jr)||1||1||2||1||0||2|
|35||Andrew McAtee (Jr)||2||1||3||2||0||0|
|5||Brayden Casper (Jr)||1||0||1||1||1||0|
|52||Konrad Borgmann (Jr)||0||2||2||0||0||0|
|54||A. Underwood (So)||0||1||1||1||1||0|
We do not have the junior varsity results at this time
The Manchester C team defeated Whitko 49-22
Scoring : Bedke 13, McAtee 5, Hensley 7, Hatfield 17, Little 1, Ramer 6
Photos By Sam Knight