Indians look to bounce back against Rural

By The Mercury

After a disappointing couple weeks for the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team, it’s back to the grind tonight at Washburn Rural.

The Indians will try and regroup after going 1-3 in their last four games, while also suffering their first loss at home to a talented Emporia team.

Rural (7-5, 3-2 Centennial), will not be much easier for Manhattan to deal with, as they come into the game looking for a win after a close loss in overtime to Topeka High on Friday night.

The Junior Blues may be without 6-foot-7 post Reed Rowell, who suffered an ankle injury against Topeka High and did not return to that game. His availability tonight is uncertain. That leaves Rural with Riley Landuyt as its primary threat to score. He averages nearly 15 points per game.

Manhattan coach Tim Brooks said Rural is at its best when they can get the ball into Rowell, so his availability may be a key.

“They execute very well and they’re patient offensively,” Brooks said. “When they get the ball inside to Reed, he’s pretty good. He’s been a starter since his sophomore year, so he’s a seasoned veteran.”

This is a boys-only matchup, as the girls’ team traveled to Topeka on Jan. 15.

Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Topeka.

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