by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys’ varsity basketball team took a 3-0 record in to Thursday night against Warsaw, suffering their first loss of the season 42-35.
The Squires were in control early. After trailing 2-0 Clayton Petrie hit back-to-back three pointers to give Manchester a 6-2 lead before Warsaw knotted the score. Claudell Dickantone would put the Squires up again on an offensive rebound bucket, but the athletic Tigers would score the next four. With 1:00 to go, Dickantone found the range again, tying the score at 10, which is where the first quarter ended.
Warsaw would score the first five points of the second quarter to take a 15-10 lead when Dickantone brought them back with two buckets to make it 15-14. With some minor foul trouble brewing for the Squires, the Tigers took advantage scoring the next 8 points to open a 23-14 gap. Clayton Petrie would make things exciting, draining a three with .03 left to make the halftime score 23-17.
Dickantone would hit a free throw for the first point of the third quarter, but the Tigers answered with two buckets to make it 27-18. Braydon Sewell would hit a free throw and the Squires got a bucket from Dickantone to cut the Warsaw lead to 27-21. Clayton Petrie would sandwich a bucket between two Warsaw buckets and the Squires trailed 31-23 with a quarter to go.
The Squires would make things interesting to start the fourth quarter when Petrie drained a three pointer and was followed by a lay-up bucket from Cameron Brandenburg to make it 31-28 just a minute in to the quarter. Warsaw would respond, scoring five straight before another Petrie three made it 36-31 with 4:30 remaining. At that point the Squires went cold, while the Tigers went on another 5-0 run to extend their lead to 41-31 with 2:24 left. Chase Fierstos would hit and the Squires got a bucket from Bailey Ness with time running down for the 42-35 final.
Leading the Squires was Clayton Petrie with 17 points. Claudell Dickantone added 11, Chase Fierstos 2, Cameron Brandenburg 2, Bailey Ness 2, Braydon Sewell 1.
The junior varsity led for three quarters before falling to Warsaw 37-36.
David McAtee led the Squires with 10 points. Keelan Norwood added 8, Zach Hill 5, Austin Brewer 4, Bailey Ness 3, Rylie Rickert 2, Kane Gable 2, Levi Hicks 2.