by Gary Andrews
It was night two at the Manchester boys’ sectional Wednesday with Wabash taking on Lewis Cass in game one followed by Manchester and Southwood. Game one was a rematch from two weeks ago when Cass got the best of Wabash, defeating the Apaches 73-53 . Wednesday the Apaches trailed by just four points with 2:39 to go, but the Kings held off Wabash for a second time 74-60.
Lewis Cass jumped out to a quick 4-0 start before the Apaches gathered themselves. Cody King and Kodi Clemons hit back to back to tie the score at 4 when Cass went on a 6-0 run to open a 10-4 lead. Christian Hall stopped the run with a bucket before Cass went again. The Kings would score five straight to open a 15-6 lead. Again the Apaches would answer. Roger Davis would hit a free throw and then a three pointer, followed by a Mike Jones bucket as the Apaches closed the gap to 15-12 at the first break.
Cass would start the second quarter opening the lead back to 8 points at 20-12 before Jordan Blair hit. Blair and Cody King would keep the Apaches close and trailed 29-20, but with 3:57 on the clock Cass would out score Wabash 7-4 down the stretch and led 36-24 at the half.
Cass would build their lead to 40-26 early in the third and led 45-34 when the Apaches made a move. Chase Dirig hit two free throws followed by a bucket from Christian Hall to make it 45-38. At 49-40 Wabash would make one more push before the end of the quarter. Buckets from Roger Davis and Chase Dirig before the buzzer had the Cass lead cut to 49-44.
After a Cass bucket started the final quarter, Cody King hit a hook shot followed by two Davis free throws to cut the lead to 51-47. Cass would take the lead back to 8 points, but Wabash had another spurge. Down 57-49 the Apaches would score 7 of the next 9 points to close the gap to 59-56. After a Christian Hall bucket made it 61-57, things went south for the Apaches. With just two minutes left the Apaches started to foul with Cass hitting 13 free throws to seal the 74-60 win.
Leading Wabash was Roger Davis with 15 points. Christian Hall added 12, Cody King 11, Jordan Blair 6, Chase Dirig 6, Kodi Clemons 4, Taylor Vigar 2, Mike Jones 2, Grant Sailors 2.
Game two was a county match up between Manchester and Southwood. The Squires had won the regular season game with the Knights 59-47. In a game that wasn’t decided until the last 20 seconds, the Squires pulled off the sectional win 53-44.
Manchester got the hot start, getting two three pointers from Chase Fierstos and a bucket from Claudell Dickantone to lead 9-1. Corey Phillipy would stop the Squire run by converting a three point play to make it 9-4 when Clayton Petrie connected to go up 11-4. Phillipy, having the hot hand for the Knights would then hit back-to-back buckets to close the gap to 11-8. Dickantone and Petrie would then hit buckets, but the Squires had no answer for Phillipy who drained a three and later converted another three point play to end the quarter and the Squire lead was just two, 16-14 after the first stop. Phillipy had 13 points in the quarter.
The Knights continued their first quarter momentum by scoring the first 10 points of the second quarter to grab a 24-16 lead. Alex Harmon and Phillipy did the damage with Phillipy hitting twice from behind the arch. Manchester would get their first bucket of the quarter with 3:13 left when Clayton Petrie hit but the Knights limited the Squire possessions and led Manchester 27-21 at the half.
Alex Harmon would get the first bucket of the third quarter to increase the Southwood lead to 29-21 when Chase Fierstos nailed a three and was followed by a Claudell Dickantone bucket to make it 29-26. Harmon would answer with another bucket, but the Squires kept coming. Clayton Petrie hit and then converted two free throws to make the Knights lead 31-30. Harmon would then hit his third bucket of the quarter, followed by a Luke Elliott free throw, as the Knights held on to the lead 34-30. Petrie and Harmon would trade buckets and with the Knights leading 36-35, Phillipy and Jackson Blair ended the quarter with buckets and Southwood led 40-35 with a quarter to go.
Manchester would make the first move to start the fourth. Chase Fierstos hit and was followed by a Dickantone bucket before Fierstos found the bucket again, this time from behind the arch and just like that the Squires led 42-40. Jackson Blair would tie the score before Fierstos hit again to make it 44-42. With 2:08 left and Manchester still leading 44-42 the Knights had some fouls to give, fouling three times to get Manchester on the line. The third foul put Dickantone on the line with Dickantone converting both free throws with 1:26 left. After a Knight miss Dickantone found the bucket again and the Squires led 48-42 when Noah Kirk hit with 33.6 left to make it 48-44. With 21.7 left Southwood was called for an intentional foul that Manchester capitalized on, hitting free throws the last few seconds for the 53-44 win.
Leading Manchester was Chase Fierstos with 19 points. Clayton Petrie added 17, Claudell Dickantone 16, Braydon Sewell 1.
Corey Phillipy led Southwood with 23 points. Alex Harmon added 12, Jackson Blair 5, Noah Kirk 2, Luke Elliott 2.
Manchester will play Lewis Cass in game two of the semi-finals Friday night. Oak Hill and Northfield play in game one.