by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys’ basketball team played the lone county game Friday, hosting North Miami. Putting eleven players in the scoring column the Squire depth was too much for the Warriors as Manchester cruised to a 70-39 home win.
North Miami would get their only lead of the night on the first shot of the game when Damon Gipson hit to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. The North Miami lead was short lived when Chase Fierstos drained a three and was followed by a bucket from Claudell Dickantone to give the Squires a 5-2 lead. North Miami would hang with the Squires early as Alex Borse traded buckets with Braydon Sewell and Manchester led 10-8 when Fierstos banged home a three at the buzzer to give the Squires a 13-8 lead after one.
Borse and Colton Ferrand would score early in the second for North Miami and the Warriors were trailing just 15-12 when Claudell Dickantone went to work. Dickantone would hit three straight free throws and was followed by Lucas Schilling with a bucket before another Dickantone bucket finished a 7-0 run to put the Squires up 22-12. After a Keith Rouch bucket Dickantone’s next two buckets would be from behind the arch to increase the lead to 28-15. Damon Gipson and Cameron Brandenburg would trade buckets and Manchester led 29-17 at the half.
Coming out of the locker room the Squires would erase any thoughts of a Warrior comeback. Clayton Petrie got things going with a three and was followed by Chase Fierstos draining a three and getting a bucket on an offensive rebound to boost the lead to 20 at 37-17. Keith Rouch would stop the Manchester run with a bucket before the Squires took off again. Claudell Dickantone and Clayton Petrie would trade back and forth for the next five buckets and were followed with buckets from David McAtee and Cameron Brandenburg to cap off a 15-0 run to open a commanding 52-19 lead. North Miami would out score Manchester 6-2 the last 1:26 as the Squires led 54-25 with a quarter to go.
Petrie again would start the quarter with a three as the Squires shuffled players in and out, with seven different players scoring in the quarter on their way to the 70-39 win. Keelan Norwood led the Squires in the quarter with 4 points.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 22 points. Clayton Petrie added 12, Chase Fierstos 11, Cameron Brandenburg 5, Braydon Sewell 4, David McAtee 4, Keelan Norwood 4, Phoenix Goad 2, Branden Scott 2, Lucas Schilling 2, Bailey Ness 2.
Keith Rouch led North Miami with 14 points. Alex Borse added 8, Evan Sumner 6, Damon Gipson 4, Dakota Ribble 4, Colton Ferrand 2, Jacob Stiver 1.
”Great team defense. Great team offense. It was a nice team effort on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Thompson of his team.
Manchester won the junior varsity game 55-11.
Zach Hill and Bailey Ness led the Squires with 9 points each. Levi Hicks and Austin Brewer had 7 points each. David McAtee added 6, Matthew Pegg 5, Keelan Norwood 5, Braxtin Wilson 5, Janzin Cripe 2, Jake Schannep 2.
Jamison Slonaker led North Miami with 4 points. Shawndell Adaway added 3, Jeff Eckrote 2, Trevor Linn 1.