Squires Fall Short At Columbia City

The combined 35 points from junior Brayden Casper and senior Mason Hamby was not quite enough for Manchester to leave Columbia City with a win, as the Squires fell to the Eagles 57-52 in a non-conference match-up on Friday, February 16. Although Manchester outscored the Eagles in two different quarters, they failed to lead at any point in the contest, as the Eagles scored first and did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.

Senior Trent Simmons hit only one field goal, as his lone bucket of the game began the evening’s scoring. Consecutive buckets from senior Garrett Roehling, sophomore Michael Sievers, and sophomore Mitchell Wilson resulted in an 11-0 Eagles run to open the first quarter of play. Manchester senior Koehl Fluke would sink his only triple of the evening to end the
scoring drought, but the Squires mustered only one more field goal in the quarter, as Columbia City would end quarter number one on an 8-0 run, holding a 19-5 lead heading into the second quarter.

Following a pair of free throws by Sievers that extended the Columbia City scoring run to10-0, the Squires would catch fire and mount a comeback. A layup and three free throws from Mason Hamby, as well as a breakaway bucket by freshman Weston Hamby off of an assist from Casper resulted in a 7-0 Manchester run, cutting the deficit to 21-12. The momentum was short-
lived, however, as Roehling would bury a triple from the corner. Following a touch off the glass by Casper resulting in two Manchester points, the scoreboard read 24-14 in favor of the Eagles with 4:45 left in the first half. A steal and a breakaway layup by junior Kamdyn Lester following a Fluke basket were answered immediately by Wilson, as the sophomore would bury his third shot from behind-the-arc to give Columbia City a 28-18 lead with under three minutes left in the ​quarter. A drive-and-kick from Weston Hamby to Casper for three would seemingly give Manchester momentum going into halftime, but Wilson had other ideas. The 5’11” guard would bury a step-back three as the buzzer sounded, concluding the first half with a 36-26 Columbia City advantage. Mason Hamby finished the half with 10 points while Casper added seven points. Wilson paced the Eagles’ scoring with an impressive 17 points, including four made shots from behind the perimeter.

Wilson would begin the third quarter the same way he finished the second quarter, sinking his fifth three-ball of the night. He finished the evening with 27 points, leading all scorers. The Squires only scored seven points in the quarter, and they still trailed the Eagles 43-33 heading into the fourth quarter.

Manchester would play tight defense, as well as scoring 19 points to win the fourth quarter of play. Casper entered the fourth with eight points, draining a jumper for the first bucket of the quarter. Junior Logan Parrett added a baby-hook inside the lane for his first and only field goal of the evening. Casper’s fine evening continued, as the junior would hit a tough baseline
jumper, cutting the Columbia City lead to 49-39 with five minutes left to play. The Squires would cut the deficit to just eight points, as a shot-fake and drive to the bucket by Mason Hamby would tack on two more points for Manchester, as the Eagles led 49-41 with 3:40 remaining in regulation. Sievers and Wilson would add four more to the scoreboard for the Eagles, but bucketsby Casper and Weston Hamby would keep Manchester within reach, trailing 53-45 with 1:50 remaining. Wilson would hit two of his seven shots from the charity stripe, but Mason Hamby would lay one in for two points in response. Following a turnover by the Eagles, Casper would get a friendly roll off the back of the rim, finding the bottom of the net on a three-point jumper. The Squires were hanging on for dear life, trailing only 55-50 with 11 seconds left. However, the​ solid fourth quarter performance was not enough to gain Manchester its first and only lead of the contest, as the Squires would fall to the Columbia City Eagles 57-52.

Mason Hamby led Manchester’s scoring efforts with 18 points. Nine fourth quarter points for Brayden Casper would conclude his fine evening with 17 points. Fluke would chip in seven points for the Squires as well.

Manchester falls to 12-9 overall on the season, and will be in action again on Tuesday, February 20 at Northwood beginning at approximately 7:30 P.M.

# Athlete Name Pts FG FGA FG%
Team Totals 52 21 46 46
10 Logan Parrett (Jr) 2 1 1 100
11 Mason Hamby (Sr) 18 7 13 54
20 Kamdyn Lester (Jr) 2 1 4 25
22 Koehl Fluke (Sr) 7 3 10 30
3 Weston Hamby (Fr) 6 2 5 40
5 Brayden Casper (Jr) 17 7 13 54
# Athlete Name Off Def Tot Reb Ast Stls TO
Team Totals 6 12 18 12 6 10
11 Mason Hamby (Sr) 3 5 8 2 2 3
20 Kamdyn Lester (Jr) 1 2 3 0 1 0
22 Koehl Fluke (Sr) 0 2 2 3 0 1
3 Weston Hamby (Fr) 0 0 0 5 1 3
5 Brayden Casper (Jr) 2 3 5 2 2 3

The Manchester junior varsity defeated Columbia City

Scoring : Creager 9, Stout 3, Carter 2, Davis 8, Krull 13, Meyer 7, Underwood 2

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