By Mike Rice
Manchester visited the Cougar den for a middle school showdown Tuesday night.
The visiting Squires traded baskets for the entire first half, as neither team could pull away.
Manchester led 7 to 5 after the first quarter, only to see the Cougars tie it up 17 heading to the break.
In the 3rd, Crestview pour gasoline onto what was already a high octane paced game, putting up 19 points to grab a 36 to 24 lead.
The final quarter played out nearly even as the Cougars wrapped up a 44 to 30 win.
Zach Nash turned in a stellar performance for Crestview, totaling 30 points on the night
Gavin Martin led Manchester with 11 points.
Manchester 7 10 7 6 30
Crestview 5 12 19 8 44
The 8th grade contest saw the Cougars firing on all cylinders early, using well executed transition basketball to break out to an 11 to 0 lead before closing quarter one up 13 to 4.
The pace slowed a bit in the 2nd quarter, as both teams put in 6 points a piece, ending the
half with Crestview ahead 19 to 10.
Manchester opened the second half with back to back 3 pointers to close the gap to 19 to 16.
Crestview was able to stymie the rally and closed the 3rd on top by 25-18 score.
The Cougars clamped down on the defensive end in the final quarter, closing things out with 12 to 1 run and winning 31 to 19.
Wesley Huff and Aric Hosler lead Crestview with 12 and 11 points.
The Squires were paced by Maddox Zolman's 7 points.
Manchester 4 6 8 1- 19
Crestview 13 6 6 12-31
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