TOPEKA — Despite taking 22 fewer shots than its opponent Friday night, the Manhattan High boys’ basketball team managed to keep the Topeka High Trojans at bay and win 56-44 in the team’s second game without head coach Tim Brooks.
Brooks’ suspension continued despite a meeting with school administrators Thursday afternoon.
The Indians won while shooting a high percentage the whole night. Topeka High, on the other hand, struggled shooting the ball but got plenty of extra chances due to a large rebounding advantage.
Manhattan led 29-20 at halftime, using an 8-0 run in the second quarter’s final minute to build a lead they would never give up in the second half, despite several Trojan rally attempts.
Manhattan finished the game strong from the line, making 11 of 14 attempts in the final quarter to keep the Trojans at arm’s length.
The Indians were led offensively by Payton Stephens’ 21 points, with Alex Stitt in double figures with 10.
Manhattan travels to Topeka West on Tuesday.