The boys basketball team gathers to listen to Coach Just at their game against Eastern. Photo by Katelyn Bale.
The boys’ basketball team gathers to listen to Coach Just at their game against Eastern. Photo by Katelyn Bale.

Boys’ and girls’ basketball kick off the season against Eastern

Girls’ basketball

The Lady Crimsons fell short 70-66 against Eastern on Tuesday night, starting off the season 0-1.

First Half

Manual immediately got possession of the ball with the tip-off. After missing their first attempted shot of the night, Eastern took the ball with a rebound. After taking the ball out of bounds the Eagles threw it in but missed. Manual regained possession after collecting a rebound.

Jaela Johnson (#3, 12) scored the first shot of the night bringing the Crimsons ahead 2-0. The team quickly got back to defense, using a 2-3 zone to protect the basket.

Shots from Nila Blackford (#41, 11), Dejah Chatman (#24, 10) and Johnson (#3) led the Lady Crimsons 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.

A turnover by Manual allowed Eastern to score at the start of the second quarter. Manual held the ball when Eastern’s Bri Mishler (#3, 12) stole the ball and scored for Eastern.

Free throws from Tyonne Howard (#12, 12) and Johnson , a three pointer from Jeanay Riley (#15, 10) as well as shots from Aniah Griffen (#21, 12) helped to lead the Crimsons 30-29 at the end of the first half.

Second Half

A shot from Howard (#12) at the start of the second half brought the score up 32-29, Crimsons. Contributions from sophomore Chatman (#24) helped Manual stay ahead 36-34.

Fouls on Manual give Eastern the chance to score, tying the game 44-44. Shots from Johnson (#3) and Blackford (#41) helped Manual stay neck and neck with Eastern, but the Eagles eventually fell short 49-48.

Steals from Howard (#12) and shots from Blackford (#41) began the fourth quarter bringing the Crimsons ahead 56-55 with five minutes left in the game.

Fouls on Manual helped Devin Beach (#33, 11) and Kiara Pearl (#23, 11) lead the Eagles ahead with a score of 64-61.

Johnson (#3) scored a three pointer for Manual with 16.5 second left in the game, but fouls on Manual helped Mishler (#3) and Mikayla Kinnard (#12, 11) lead the Eagles to victory.

“We need to work on decision making and rebounding, you know the little things really hurt us tonight,” Manual girls’ basketball coach, Coach Sparks said.

Boys’ basketball

The boys’ basketball team defeated the Eastern Eagles in a score of 71-47 on Tuesday night to kick off the season.

First Half

Manual got off to a hot start as Noah Hawkins (#32, 12) was able to score the first two shots of the game, giving the Crimsons an early 4-0 lead. Manual continued to pour on the points, building an 8-0 lead on the perennial powerhouse Eagles.

Eastern’s Nick Sparks (#3, 12) scored a three pointer for the Eagles, leaving them trailing behind 8-3.

Efforts from Isaiah Ross (#4, 11), Ben Craig (#12, 9) and Johnathan Anthony (#5, 10) helped bring Eastern back, but the Eagles still trailed 19-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started with Manuals defense running a 2-3 zone that stopped Eastern from scoring. A rebound from Hawkins (#32) let Jordan McClendon (#21, 12) score a three pointer for Manual allowing them to lead 22-12.

A foul on Manual lets Ross (#4) score free throws for the Eagles. Another rebound from Hawkins (#32) helps McClendon (#21) drove the ball down the court before Eastern fouled. Manual missed both free throws, but rebounded their own shot.

A steal from Craig (#12) gave Eastern possession once again, but Manual still led 27-19 at the end of the first half.

Second Half

The second half started with Eastern in possession of the ball, but McClendon (#21) stole the ball to drive it down court and score to lead Manual 29-19.

A foul on Manual gave Eastern two free throws, but the Eagles couldn’t convert on either shot. Hawkins (#32) rebounded and McClendon (#21) scored again for Manual. This resulted in Eastern calling a full timeout.

A shot from Kenyan Jacobs (#3, 12) gave Manual a 38-22 lead. The Crimson offensive machine kept churning as the third quarter ended with Manual leading 48-28.

McClendon electrified the crowd with a dunk to start the fourth quarter, leaving no doubt that Manual would emerge victorious.

A foul on Manual let Eastern’s Jackson Molsberger (#30) score two free throws for Eastern to trail behind the Crimsons 69-44.

Hawkins (#32) scored a final shot to lead the Crimsons to victory with a score of 71-47.

“I think we shared the ball well and we played defense well,” shooting guard Gelhaus (#10) said.

The boys’ and girls’ teams will go head to head against Male in the basketball edition of the Old Rivalry this Friday, Dec. 1. The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Butch Charmoli Gymnasium.

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