by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys basketball team got off to a hot start Friday, holding on for a 45-44 win over Wawasee. With the win the Squires got off to their first 3-0 start since 2002.
The Squires jumped on the host Warriors right from the opening tip. Manchester had five different players score in the quarter, with four of the players hitting from behind the arch. Chase Fierstos, Claudell Dickantone, Clayton Petrie and Cameron Brandenburg all hit the long ball with Dickantone finding the bucket inside the arch twice and Braydon Sewell once as the Squires led 20-9 after one.
The Squires would cool down a little in the second quarter, scoring 10 points. Petrie drained his second three of the night while Chase Fierstos scored 6. The Squire defense also held the Warriors to just 10 points as Manchester went to the half leading 30-19.
After a hot shooting first half the Squires went cold in the third quarter, scoring just 4 points on a bucket and two free throws from Clayton Petrie. Wawasee would pick up their offensive performance, out scoring Manchester 12-4 as the Squires clung to a 34-31 lead with a quarter to go.
In the fourth quarter and the Squires clinging to a three point lead the Warriors would start to foul and put the Squires on the line. Manchester would hit 6 of 9 free throws, getting a three from Dickantone and a bucket from Lucas Schilling to escape with a narrow 45-44 win.
Leading the Squires was Clayton Petrie with 13 points. Chase Fierstos added 12, Claudell Dickantone 10, Braydon Sewell 4, Cameron Brandenburg 3, Lucas Schilling 2, and Branden Scott 1.
The junior varsity fell to Wawasee 33-28.
Leading Manchester was Bailey Ness with 13 points. David McAtee added 8, Keegan Norwood 2, Austin Brewer 2.