Hot-shooting Manhattan boys too much for Topeka West

MANHATTAN — In a pair of close Centennial League losses to start 2018, the Manhattan boys have struggled to connect on shots from the perimeter.

 

The Indians shrugged off their overtime loss to Shawnee Heights on Tuesday and showed what they’re capable of when they’re firing on all cylinders in a 69-43 win over the Topeka West Chargers on Friday night.

“They figured it out tonight,” said Manhattan coach Benji George. “We shot the good ones. That’s the biggest thing — they hunted for the good ones, and we knocked them down like we can, and we took good shots.”

The Indians finished the night 20 of 36 from the floor and 6 of 9 from behind the arc while limiting their mistakes and turnovers against a Topeka West press that was looking to create havoc. Instead, Manhattan finished with just 11 turnovers.

“Manhattan played very well,” said Topeka West coach Rick Bloomquist. “They handled our press very well, and I think we got a little perplexed with their aggression. We haven’t run into a team that played that well against us all year.”

Manhattan used a 15-1 run at the end of the second quarter to take control of the game, and the Indians were able to keep the Chargers from mounting a successful comeback in the second half, running their lead out to as many as 28 in the fourth.

The Chargers did make a run midway through the third quarter when senior guard Koriyon Carr knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and was fouled on a third consecutive attempt, knocking down all three free throws to pull Topeka West to within 10 points of the lead.

But the Indians stretched the lead back to 16 to end the third and pulled away in the fourth to secure their second Centennial League win.

“That was our goal,” Bloomquist said of cutting the lead to 10. “We wanted to get it within single digits, and we had some momentum going. But there were a couple of fouls — the game didn’t favor us foul-wise, as far as the way we play, and we’ve got to adjust to that.

“We didn’t adjust like we should have and put them on the line way too much.”

The Indians finished 23 of 29 from the foul line in the win.

Manhattan (5-3, 2-2 Centennial) was led by Raeshon Riddick’s 16 points, with Lawson Monaco also in double digits with 10. Topeka West (6-2, 3-2) got 20 points from Carr in the loss, with Elijah Griffin adding 11.

MANHATTAN GIRLS 77, TOPEKA WEST 23 — The Manhattan girls won big behind a strong shooting night from its top two scorers, Chrissy Carr and Megan Worthington.

Carr finished with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting, while Worthington chipped in 18 on 8-of-12 shooting to pace the Indians. Manhattan took a 45-8 lead to halftime and led by as many as 52 late in the fourth quarter.

Manhattan (6-1, 3-0 Centennial) capitalized on 28 turnovers by the Chargers, securing 20 of them in the first half behind a press Topeka West could never solve.

Topeka West (3-5, 1-4) got six points from Miyah Larson in the loss.

MANHATTAN BOYS 69, TOPEKA WEST 43

Topeka West … 8 … 15 … 14 … 6 — … 43

Manhattan … 13 … 27 … 13 … 16 … — … 69

Topeka West (6-2, 3-2) — Struble 1-4 1-2 4, Mehrens 1-2 1-2 3, Kido 1-5 0-0 3, Griffin 3-11 4-6 11, Carr 5-14 6-7 20, Corbin 0-0 1-2 1, Lee 0-3 0-0 0, Ellis 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 11-40 14-23 43.

Manhattan (5-3, 2-2) — Awbrey 1-5 2-2 4, Riddick 3-6 4-4 16, Monaco 3-6 4-4 10, Ostermann 3-4 1-2 9, Marsh 2-4 1-2 5, Hoover 2-4 2-3 6, Munsen 0-0 1-2 1, Wiggins 2-2 2-2 6, Stewart 3-4 2-2 9, Marks 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 20-36 23-29 69.

3-point goals – Topeka West 7 (Carr 4, Griffin, Kido, Struble). Manhattan 6 (Monaco 2, Ostermann 2, Riddick, Stewart). Total fouls – Topeka West 22, Manhattan 19.

MANHATTAN GIRLS 77, TOPEKA WEST 23

Topeka West … 4 … 4 … 11 … 4 … — … 23

Manhattan … 25 … 20 … 23 … 9 … — … 77

Topeka West (3-5, 1-4) — Holloman 0-7 3-10 3, Larson 3-9 0-2 6, Rivera 2-10 0-0 4, Shima 0-2 0-0 0, Kahre-McMurray 2-5 0-0 4, Walker 1-4 0-0 3, Harness 1-1 1-2 3, Hunninghake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 9-39 4-14 23.

Manhattan (6-1, 3-0) — Wilson 5-6 0-0 10, Harper 3-7 0-0 7, Williams 2-3 0-0 4, Worthington 8-12 0-0 18, Carr 11-19 1-2 25, Johnson 1-4 2-2 4, Morgan 1-2 0-0 2, Ostermann 1-4 0-0 2, Colston 2-3 0-0 5, McAtee 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-63 3-4 77.

3-point goals — Topeka West 1 (Walker). Manhattan 6 (Carr 2, Worthington 2, Harper, Colston). Total fouls — Topeka West 12, Manhattan 10.

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