The Manawa boys’ basketball team finished its first round of conference play facing the top two teams in the conference.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Wolves hosted perennial power Amherst. The Wolves fell victim to the Falcons 70-36.
Amherst wasted no time getting started as they jumped out to a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. Amherst upped their game in the second quarter outscoring the Wolves by 18 points to head into halftime with a 37-12 lead over the Wolves.
The Wolves had a better scoring output in the second half scoring 10 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth quarter. Despite the increased score for Manawa, Amherst still outscored their opponent in each quarter on the way to a 70-36 point win.
Senior Austin Dean led the Wolves with 14 points and Marcus Jenson lead the Falcons with 16.
On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Wolves traveled to Shiocton to face the league leading and once beaten Chiefs. Using a variety of zones and man-to-man defenses the Wolves trailed by 14 at halftime, 36-22.
Aaron Strebe’s three-point play gave Manawa its only lead of the night against Shiocton. Back-to-back threes by Jacob Van Asten regained the lead for the Chiefs at 13-7.
The Wolves kept hanging around and with 3:25 left in the first half Brandon Bartel’s basket pulled the Wolves within five at 21-16.
The Chiefs finished the quarter with a 17-4 run which continued into the second half when Shiocton unleased their fast break and put 30 points on the board during the third quarter.
Shiocton opened the second half with an 8-0 run and finished the quarter with 30 points and allowed only five points to take a commanding 68-27 lead.
Shane Kanaman took game honors with 17 points for Shiocton. Wesley Krauss led the Wolves with 16 points.
The Wolves travel to Weyauwega on Friday, Jan. 18.