TOPEKA — Brandon Payne’s 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter looked like it gave Manhattan High a chance at upsetting the top team in the Centennial League at Hayden on Tuesday night.
But after Payne’s 3 dropped through to pull the team within two points with 9 seconds to play, the ball bounced on the ground out of bounds with no Hayden player in site to pick it up.
The Indians were out of timeouts and the referee didn’t start a five-second out of bounds count until the clock went under 4 seconds. Hayden knocked down 1-of-2 free throws with less than 2 seconds to play, and Deante Burton’s full court heave was short in a 42-39 loss for MHS.
Manhattan fought back from a six-point deficit after a pair of 3s from the Wildcats to get as close as two points on a number of occasions, after the game was tied at 28 to start the fourth.
Down 41-36 with 17 seconds left, the Indians worked the ball around to Payne in the possession to knock down a 3 to bring the game within two points, but all five Hayden players started jogging up court as the clock ticked away.
Hayden coach Ted Schuler called a timeout with 1.9 seconds left after he saw the referee initiate his 5-second count, and the Indians managed to foul without any time ticking away.
Tanner Triggs made 1-of-2 shots at the line, but the Indians didn’t have time to get the ball across half court for a good look to tie the game.
Manhattan High coach Tim Brooks said despite the loss, he was happy with the way his team competed.
“Under the circumstances, in here on the road, playing the No. 1 team, the way things played out — I couldn’t be more proud,” he said. “The kids just battled through adversity all night long, and there was a lot of adversity.”
Hayden pushed its first-half lead of 17-14 out to 23-16 early in the third quarter, but Manhattan came right back with a 9-0 run to take a 25-23 lead, capped by a 3-pointer from Payne.
Jacob Holloway hit a 3 that gave the Indians a 28-24 lead, but the Wildcats tied it up before the quarter ended on a 3 from Sam Glennon.
The Indians got the game started with a 3-pointer from Payne to take the first lead of the game. But Hayden got the next two baskets to go ahead 4-3.
Burton scored on a long jumper, followed by a long jump shot from Aaron Pulliam to go ahead 7-4 before the end of the first quarter.
A 3-pointer from Holloway helped the Indians capture their biggest lead of the half at 10-6, but Matt Hutchinson brought the team back with a basket and a free throw, and Bennett Federico tied the game at 10 with a free throw.
Hayden would outscore Manhattan 7-4 the rest of the way for the first half, taking the lead with a 3 from Glennon and closing out the half with two free throws from Hutchinson.
The Indians held the Topeka city scoring leader Collin Strobel to two points in the game, thanks heavily to the defensive effort from Burton.
“We knew how they like to get him the ball and we did a great job of getting backside help, and Deante, with his length, really got his hands on the ball and tipped it out of bounds when they tried to get it to him,” Brooks said. “He battled him, and Deante takes a lot of pride in his defense and he is a competitor and he is our best defensive player.”
Burton led the Indians with 10 points, marking his third straight game in double figures. Glennon led Hayden with 14 points and Hutchinson scored 11.
Brooks said Burton has become one of the Indians’ key players offensively and defensively as of late.
“He does very good in transition and not just at scoring and taking the ball to the basket, but giving it to the open man,” he said. “He has come a long way, and we continue to look for good things from him.”
The Indians will conclude their home schedule on Friday when they host Shawnee Heights.
HAYDEN 42, MHS 39
Manhattan 7 7 14 11 — 39
Hayden 4 13 11 14 — 42
MANHATTAN (39) — Burton 10, Payne 9, Holloway 6, Taylor 6, Perbeck 4, Stephens 2, Pulliam 2.
HAYDEN (42) — Glennon 14, Hutchinson 11, Triggs 8, Beck 4, Federico 3, Strobel 2.
3-pointers — Manhattan 5 (Payne 3, Holloway 2). Hayden 5 (Glennon 3, Triggs 8).