Squires roll by Kings; Apax down state champions

By Eric Christiansen

MEIER -- Five players hit double figure scoring, two had career highs, and Manchester scored 90 points for the first time in 20 years in a 90-59 rout of Lewis Cass Friday, March 1 in the semifinals of the Oak Hill Sectional.

“I am so proud of the team tonight,” Manchester coach Mark Underwood said. “They have bought into the fact that if you trust your teammates, are willing to make the extra pass, and be there for the team, you can get more done.”

The Squires used a three-point barrage in the first quarter, hitting five from beyond the arc.

Thane Creager and Brayden Casper each hit 3-pointers, but Cass' Easton Good kept the Kings neck-and-neck scoring their first eight points, tying it at 8-8.

Manchester opened the game up with a 7-1 run, followed by an 8-0 run to lead 23-14 after one quarter.

Leading 26-18 midway through the second quarter, Manchester used a 15-2 run for a 41-20 lead late in the half.

The Squires left no doubt of the outcome of the contest, starting the second half with an 18-3 run to lead 61-27 with 3:04 left in the third quarter.

In the run, Manchester's Thane Creager and Weston Hamby each hit 3-pointers, while Max Carter scored six points for a 67-34 lead after three.

“It was nice to have a deep bench and nice to go deep on a Friday night when you play (the next day),” Underwood said.

Hamby and Creager led the Squires with 13 points each, with Hamby grabbing five rebounds and dishing out three assist.

Logan Parrett had 12 points, followed by Carter with 11, Kam Lester with 10, Austin Underwood with nine, Casper with eight, Konrad Borgmann, Kreeden Krull and Carter Bedke with four points each, and Ridge Fierstos with two points.

Wabash 75, Oak Hill 44
In the second game of the night, sectional favorite Wabash made it clear who the game would go early early against defending Class 2A state champion Oak Hill.

Wabash raced to a 10-2 lead behind five straight points from Trenton Daughtry, including a 3-pointer, for a 5-0 lead. Dereck Vogel added a 3-pointer, and Logan Vander Velden scored on a fast break in the run.

Oak Hill settled down over the final five minutes of the first quarter, playing evenly with the Apaches, but never putting a dent into the lead.

Logan Vander Velden hit two free throws, and Daughtry hit another 3-pointer to give Wabash a 17-6 lead, and went into the second quarter with a 22-14 advantage.

After Oak Hill's Tristen Hayes scored to start the second quarter two minutes in, the wheels fell off for the Golden Eagles.

Despite the slower pace in the second quarter, Daughtry hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 28-16 lead, followed by a long-distance basket from Vogel to make it 31-16 with 4:40 left in the half.

Jasper Walter started a final 6-0 run with a basket with 1:55 left, followed by two free throws and a steal and lay up at the buzzer from Daughtry to give the Apaches a 37-16 halftime lead.

Wabash opened the second half with an 11-3 run and held a 59-33 lead going into the final quarter.

Daughtry led Wabash with 26 points, followed by Vogel with 19, Elijah Vander Velden with 11, Logan Vander Velden with five, Wyatt Davis, Kallen Kelsheimer and Jasper Walter with four points each, and two from Blake Gribben.

Posted on 2019 Mar 05