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Casper, Hamby lead Squires to win

- Staff reports

Manchester’s boys’ basketball team grabbed its second win of the season on Friday with a 39-28 final over Wawasee at home.

“(It was a) great win for us tonight,” Manchester head coach Mark Underwood said in an e-mail to the Plain Dealer. “(We had) only five turnovers for the game and nobody had more than one.”

Brayden Casper led Manchester on the night, pouring in 12 points and grabbing eight boards. Weston Hamby had 13 points to pace the Squires in scoring. Kam Lester chipped in seven and Thane Creager added four.

For Wawasee, Ben Hoffert had 24 of the Warriors’ 28 points. The Squires are now 2-0 on the season. The Squires travel to DeKalb next Friday before hosting Lighthouse CPA on Saturday in a weekend doubleheader. 

Apaches overcome free throw woes, earn TRC win

Despite shooting just 9-for-29 from the charity stripe on Friday, the Wabash boys’ basketball team withstood a late rally from visiting Whitko at Coolman Gymnasium to hold on for a 54-52 win.

The Apaches led 13-10 after one and 21-19 at the break. However, the two teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 35-35 in the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) opener. Wabash would survive a late rally from the Wildcats to pick up the two-point win.

Elijah Vander Velden finished with a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Apaches. Logan Vander Velden chipped in 14 points while Blake Gribben had seven points and 10 rebounds. Trenton Daughtry finished with five points, six assists and three steals.

Logan Vander Velden had three points and four assists.

Wabash improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in TRC play. The Apaches will be off until Friday when they travel to Maconaquah.

Northfield falls to Tipton

The Norse boys’ basketball team fell to Tipton at home on Friday, 64-32. Individual stats for the game were unavailable as of Plain Dealer deadline. Northfield will travel to Fort Wayne Canterbury on Wednesday.