The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team trailed most of the night in a 69-59 loss to the Topeka West Chargers Tuesday night.
Manhattan came out sluggish to start the game and Topeka West led 25-17 heading into the second quarter. The Indians made some headway before halftime, cutting the lead to 34-31, but suffered through a
tough third quarter to trail by 12 heading into the fourth.
Manhattan cut the lead to eight in the fourth, but would get no closer as the Chargers closed out the game from the free-throw line, going 11 of 15 in the final period.
Payton Stephens led the Indians with a double-double effort, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 boards.
Topeka West had three double-digit scorers in Marcus Vaughn (22 points), Joe Galvan (21 points) and Mose Hugghis (13 points).
Manhattan’s tough week concludes with a trip to Shawnee Heights on Friday to play a T-Bird team that beat the Indians 53-45 in January.