by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys played a Saturday afternoon game against Whitko Saturday, getting past the Wildcats 50-42.
Manchester couldn’t shake the struggling Wildcats in the first half as the game was tied at 13 after the first quarter. The Squires hit five buckets in the quarter, with three coming from behind the arch. Claudell Dickantone drained to from long range, with Clayton Petrie getting the other. Phoenix Goad also had a bucket for Manchester.
Cold shooting would hurt the Squires in the second, scoring just 11 points on four buckets. Petrie would hit his second three pointer with Dickantone and Cody Freeman getting buckets. Manchester out scored Whitko 11-9 to lead 24-22 at the half.
Things would get even slower in the third with the tow teams scoring 7 points each. Chase Fierstos, Braydon Sewell and Petrie each had a bucket for Manchester as the Squires led by just 2 points, 31-29 with quarter to go.
Manchester would out score Whitko 19-13 in the fourth with 11 of the points coming from the free throw line to hold off Whitko 50-42.
Leading the Squires was Clayton Petrie with 17 points. Claudell Dickantone added 10, Chase Fierstos 9, Braydon Sewell 7, Phoenix Goad 5, Cody Freeman 2.
The junior varsity defeated Whitko 48-18.
Leading Manchester was Bailey Ness with 9 points. Rylie Rickert added 8, Cody Freeman 6, Zach Hill 6, Levi Hicks 5, Keelan Norwood 4, Austin Byers 3, Austin Brewer 3, Kane Gable 2, Matthew Pegg 2.