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MHS boys win nailbiter, 35-32

By Grant Guggisberg

JUNCTION CITY — The Manhattan High boys’ basketball team got a hard-fought win on the road against rival Junction City Friday night, winning a nailbiter 35-32.

The Indians led most of the game, but saw Junction City close the gap to just a bucket for much of the final few minutes of the fourth quarter. The two teams went back and forth until the Indians eventually went
to a stall offense with a one-point lead as Junction City was content to sit in a zone defense and run clock.

Finally, with less than a minute to play, the Blue Jays got aggressive, fouling twice before reaching the bonus and sending Pierson McAtee to the line for a one and one.

He missed, giving Junction City the ball down 33-32.

After a non-shooting foul, the Blue Jays looked to get an open shot for Jonathan Wilds, but the Manhattan defense was solid and Wilds’ shot missed everything, giving the Indians the ball with 1.9 seconds remaining and a one-point lead.

Gabe Awbrey sunk a pair of free throws on the ensuing foul to represent the final margin.

Manhattan now gears up for the Dodge City Tournament of Champions next week, with the opening game on Thursday against Wichita Heights at 3:30 p.m.

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