MHS boys fall to Trojans in OT

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team lost a heartbreaker at home to Topeka High in overtime Thursday night in the sub-state semifinals, 63-60.

Manhattan had the chance to tie in the final seconds, but two costly turnovers in the final seconds sealed the loss.

The Indians outscored the Trojans 15-11 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, and nearly rallied after falling behind in the extra period.

In overtime, Topeka High got the first two baskets to lead 57-53 before Manhattan got a layup by Pierson McAtee to cut the lead to two. After another Trojan bucket, Alex Stitt knocked down a 3-pointer from the
wing to cut the lead to one at 59-58.

But the Trojans got another bucket, and after the teams traded free throws, Manhattan couldn’t come up with a shot attempt in its final possession, facing defensive pressure.

Manhattan was led by Stitt, Gabe Awbrey and Payton Stephens, each with 11 points.

Topeka High was led by Tyrece Parker’s 20 points.

Manhattan ends its season at 12-9.

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