The Manawa boys’ basketball team dropped two games last week to close out their regular season. On Friday, Feb. 24 they ended conference play at Weyauwega-Fremont and easily defeated the Wolves 73-48. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, before a Senior Night crowd, the Wolves fell to Algoma 67-45.
In both games, shooting from long range proved to be the difference as Algoma drained six three-pointers, while Wega knocked down seven threes.
With a sizable height advantage the Weyauwega- Fremont Indians opened the game with a 10- 0 thanks to Bryce Behn’s two three-pointers, forcing Manawa Coach Joe Isham to call a time out. Following the time out Wesley Krauss was fouled on a three-point attempt. Krauss knocked down all three free throws to put Manawa on the board. Tanner Ross made back-to-back baskets, upping the Indians lead to 7-5 after one quarter of play.
A 15-0 run that spanned nearly six minutes sealed the verdict for the Wolves. Calvin Swanson tallied eight of his game high 18 points during the run and with 2:34 left in the first half the Indians held a commanding 34-8 lead.
Late in the third quarter Krauss was fouled again in the act to shooting a three and once again he nailed all three free throws. Krauss finished the game with 15 points including, a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line.
The Manawa and Algoma contest was a physical affair as both teams combined to shoot 36 free throws during the first half. The Algoma Wolves were shooting the double bonus late in the first quarter.
A rare technical foul was assessed the Manawa bench as a wrong number was submitted in the official book and that helped Algoma reel off nine unanswered points and gave them a 17-5 lead with 2:07 left in the first quarter.
Aaron Strebe’s basket finally ended the run. Taking advantage of the double bonus Algoma finished out the quarter with a 7-3 run with only Austin Dean’s three-pointer interrupting their run. Algoma held a 24-10 lead after one quarter of play.
There were 21 free throws shot during the second quarter as Algoma still held a 14 point lead at halftime.
Krauss tried keeping Manawa in the game with two three-pointers. Algoma’s Sam Koss and Travis Hackett ended any Manawa comeback attempt with four points each during the final five minutes of the quarter.
Koss would lead all scorers with 23 points and Hackett added 13. Krauss led Manawa with 11 points.