Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Manhattan Boys Rally to Top Highland Park

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Manhattan Boys Rally to Top Highland Park

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Highland Park's boys couldn't finish what they started Friday night.

Despite jumping out to a 9-2 lead, the Scots were victimized by Manhattan's late fourth-quarter surge and fell at their home gym, 46- 36.

Manhattan (7-1, 4-1 Centennial League) outscored the Scots 25-13 in the second half, as the Scots managed just six baskets after intermission. The hosts launched 22 3-pointers on the night but connected on only three while dropping to 1-3 on their home floor.

"You would think we might make those plays at home," coach Jason Jones said of his team's late misses. "We just need to find a way to make plays at crunch time."

The game was close for 31 minutes, with both crowds coming to their feet in the fourth quarter. After a Gabriel Awbrey basket gave Manhattan a 38-32 lead with 2:22 left in the game, the teams traded points until Highland Park's Damien Box sank a layup to trim the Scots' deficit to 40-36 with 44 seconds to play.

Trevor Hudgins then hit two free throws to move the lead back to six. After a missed 3-pointer from Highland Park, Manhattan made four more free throws to ice the game.

"We just didn't move the ball and got stagnant (at the end)," Jones said. "We were harping on attacking."

A strong first half from Malik Keith, including nine points on 4- of-4 shooting at the free-throw line, helped the Scots to a 23-21 halftime edge. Daniel Kingcannon was 2 of 2 from the field and 1 of 1 from the line in the first half, chipping in seven points.

Manhattan's Pierson McAtee led all scorers by registering all 12 of his points in the second half. Keith was Highland Park's leading scorer with 11.

MANHATTAN GIRLS 57, HIGHLAND PARK 28 --The second quarter belonged to the Highland Park Scots on Friday night, as they held Manhattan to just four points. With the strong effort, even after a tough first quarter, Highland Park only trailed 20-14 at the break.

Then the third quarter happened.

Manhattan hit six of its first eight shots en route to a 25- point quarter that buried Highland Park.

The Scots couldn't handle Manhattan's full-court pressure, managing only five shots and four points in the decisive third period. …

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