Varsity basketball teams pull dominating wins against Portland Christian


Morgan Schmidt

Ashlinn James (11, #13) jumps up to try and gain points for Manual. Photo by Morgan Schmidt

Morgan Schmidt

Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams faced off against Portland Christian on Friday. The announcement of homecoming court also occurred in between games.  

Varsity Boys:

Tip-off started a very dominating game for the Crimsons. In the beginning, it looked like the Eagles could hold their own but Manual pulled ahead quickly after many turnovers and unforced errors. The first quarter ended with the Rams leading 26-4.

Damone King (#21, 11) returned to play after suffering an ankle injury several weeks ago. His defensive efforts seen throughout the game allowed for forced turnovers, keeping possession in the hands of Manual. 

With dominating force at the half, Manual kept their lead, 49-16. 

Portland Christian got several points on the board coming out of the half by forcing turnovers on the Crimsons’ offensive end and forcing drives through the paint. Their drives led many players to the line. 

Manual was able to get back into swing and continued to hold their outstanding lead. Omari Goodwin (#30, 12) hit two massive dunks back to back which forced Portland Christian to take a timeout with almost all momentum in the hands of the Rams.

A running clock was established for the rest of the game in the middle of the third quarter. By the end of the third Manual was up and allowed no points from the Eagles, 71-16.

The game ended with a final score of 88-32.

Homecoming Court

Homecoming Prince: Luca Bowling (Junior, Lacrosse)

Homecoming Princess: Taylor Borum (Junior, Dazzlers)

Homecoming King: Jacob Wisbey (Senior, Swim and Dive)

Homecoming Queen: Kaitlyn Meiman (Senior, Dazzlers)

Varsity Girls:

The Crimsons made good plays and decisions throughout the first half. Jakayla Thompson (#3, 12) made tough shots throughout and ended up on the free-throw line. Even with the first quarter ending with a Manual lead, the Eagles put in lots of effort in the defensive end; they were forcing bad passes and even turnovers. 

Manual’s Morgan White (#12, 10) made several tough rebounds on the offensive and defensive ends and even pulled up for some outside shots. 

At the end of the first half the Rams held the lead, 33-8.

At the start of the second half, the Eagles put pressure on the Crimsons, forcing many turnovers. However, Portland Christian experienced many turnovers themselves and were unable to hold off Manual.

Even with the lead, Manual struggled to hold good possessions and put points on the board. In transition, both teams were pressuring and causing errors.

Still, the Crimsons made tough shots and continued their lead over the Eagles with a final score of 74-22.

Both teams play Atherton on Tuesday, February 7th. The girls play at 5:30 pm and the boys at 7 pm.

According to MaxPreps, the girls will play at home while the boys will travel to Atherton.