The Manawa boys’ basketball team ended its regular season by splitting their final two games. They defeated Oneida Nation 65-51 on Monday, Feb. 11, before falling 79-53 to league leading Amherst, on Friday, Feb. 15.
Amherst 79, Manawa 53
Amherst jumped out to a quick 18-10 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter. They extended the lead by 13 points by outscoring Manawa 26-13 in the second quarter.
Manawa put together a solid third quarter, putting up 17 points. They were still outscored, though, as Amherst scored 19 points. The Wolves once again stayed with Amherst in the fourth quarter, outscored by only three points in the quarter.
When the final buzzer sounded, Amherst had cruised to an easy 79-53 victory.
Wesley Krauss led Manawa with 18 points. Austin Dean and Logan Hass each chipped in with seven.
Manawa 65, Oneida Nation 51
Prior to the game head coach Karl Morrin called out the parents of the seniors on the team to midcourt and thanked them for the dedication to the program. Morrin also thanked the eight seniors for being role models and no matter the outcome of the previous game they continued to work during practice. He said this is a great group of kids to work with and that is a reflection of their parents for teaching them to work hard.
Oneida Nation opened the game with a 5-0 run only to see Krauss’ rare four point play tie the game at five. Oneida reeled of four unanswered points to regain the lead at 9-5 before Krauss’ three-pointer was sandwiched in between baskets by Alex Thompson and Dean. The 7-0 run closed the first quarter with Manawa holding a 12-9 lead.
Brandon Blackowl’s basket put the Thunderhawks back in the lead at 22-21 with 3:17 left in the first half. That was the last time they led as Thompson’s three point play put the Wolves back on top for good at 27-24. The final two minutes of the half became a free throw contest during a physical and hard fought game. Brandon Bartel’s three point play closed the half and gave Manawa a 33-27 halftime lead.
Three-point shooting kept the Thunderhawks in the game until a 5-0 run by the Wolves during the final minute gave them a 51-39 lead after three quarters of play. Emotions ran high late in the quarter as Mike Mills body slammed Bartel to the floor and was ejected, placing one of their better scorers in the locker room.
With little inside presence the Thunderhawks relied mostly on three-point shooting. Taking advantage of Mills’ absence, Thompson added four points to his total. Key free throws by Hass, Drew Meyer and Alex Murphy sealed the win for the Wolves.
Krauss led all scorers with 23 points, while Hass added 13.