Manchester boys basketball falls to Michigan Center on late overtime 3-pointer
Manchester’s boys basketball team connected on 16 3-pointers Thursday night.
Michigan Center, however, hit the long ball that mattered the most.
As time wound down in overtime, Michigan Center senior point guard Jeremy Schweda drove the lane and kicked the ball out to junior Trevor Frizzell in the corner who drained what proved to be the game-winner in the Cardinals’ 71-68 win over Manchester.
“It felt pretty good,” Frizzell said of his clutch basket. “Once it was gone I was just like, ‘Yes!’ A sigh of relief.”
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Frizzell’s bomb from behind the line was his first of the night, but he led all scorers with 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
Schweda, meanwhile, finished with 12 points and seven assists, including two in the game’s extra period.
“They definitely play a really crazy style of offense that makes you play faster than you want to sometimes,” Schweda said. “It was tough at times for us to play at our own pace but, in the end, I think we got a good win.”
The victory lifts Michigan Center to 2-2 overall on the season and to 1-1 in the Cascades Conference.
Manchester, however, remains searching for its first win and falls to 0-5, 0-2.
“I’m disappointed for the guys that we didn’t close it out,” said Manchester coach Dave Arnold, whose team led by five points early in the fourth quarter. “This was legitimately the first time we played all 32 minutes. We talked about that. That is always the first key to every game, play 32 minutes.
“For this group not having remotely been in anything like this, I thought our response was really good, just short of closing out the game.”
While Manchester favors an up-tempo, shoot-from-the-rafters offense, Arnold said Thursday night was the first time this season the Flying Dutchman shot the ball to the level to which they’re capable.
Manchester connected on 16-of-49 3-point attempts (33 percent) and 9-of-20 from inside the arc. If Manchester shoots as it did Thursday Arnold says the wins will eventually come.
“This is the kind of shooting team I see in practice every day. It has not translated to games,” Arnold said. “The truth of the matter is I think we’re a better shooting team than we have been. What you saw tonight was more of what my expectations have been and will be going forward.”
While Manchester shot from the outside, Michigan Center controlled the inside. The Cardinals grabbed a large advantage in rebounds. The Cardinals out-rebounded the Dutchmen 45-32 with forward Eddie Niecko and Chris Presley leading the way.
Neicko hauled in 16 boards, and scored 12 points while Presley grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his nine points.
“We put an emphasis on crashing the offensive glass and I thought we crashed the offensive glass tremendously,” said Michigan Center coach Travis Gaddy.
“I was proud of their effort,” Gaddy added. “They could have folded a couple times and they continued to will through it.”
Manchester was led in scoring by Jake Korican’s 16 points while Nick Cozart added 15.