By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Manchester Flying Dutchmen Boys Basketball team fell to the Napoleon Pirates yesterday night 62-52.
After a low scoring contest in their first meeting of the year (45-37) the Dutchmen were looking to pick up the pace this time around, testing the 6’7 Pirate center Ty Rose who was returning from an injury and didn’t play in the first matchup of the two teams.
The Pirates led 10-9 after the first quarter with a balanced scoring attack, having five players score a basket.
Heading into halftime the Dutchmen only trailed by three, 27-24.
Sophomore guard Ty Horky and junior center Devon Kelly each had eight points apiece to lead the Dutchmen and Interim. Head Coach Will Bennett wanted the team to stay aggressive.
“A lot of the balls just were not bouncing our way,” said Bennett. “Seemed like every loose ball went to them, we got our shots they just weren’t falling. I told them we have to keep shooting and picking up the tempo.”
At the start of the third quarter junior guard Calvin Daniels hit a corner three to bring the Dutchmen within two. Kelly had an offensive rebound and an easy putback followed by a flash to the free throw line, banking in the jumper after a Pirate lay up to tie the game at 31.
With 6:05 left Kelly pulled down a defensive rebound, passed it to junior guard River Spitler, who fired it up ahead to Horky for a layup with a foul to make it a 34-31 Dutchmen lead.
Daniels didn’t play for the rest of the contest after hurting himself early in the first quarter and Kelly had to come out for a few minutes after ripping off a fingernail attempting to throw down a dunk before returning.
After two layups from Pirate sophomore Carter Wiley, who led the Pirates in scoring the first time the teams met, Spitler made a corner three and Horky had four points before a corner three from sophomore Spencer Johnson before the buzzer to tie the game at 41 heading into the fourth.
After Kelly gave the Dutchmen a 43-41 lead off a tip to start the fourth, the Pirates rattled off a 13-2 run to secure the lead. At the same time, the Dutchmen went on a drought for over two minutes in the middle of the quarter where they couldn’t score and were turning the ball over.
“I think we had three straight possession with turnovers,” said Bennet. “Led to an and one, a jumper, and then a three in the corner by number fifteen. I told them at the end of the game, at some point we have to take responsibility for our actions. I feel like we lost the game, they didn’t beat us, we lost it. That’s not taking anything away from Napoleon. They’re young, talented, aggressive, and they play hard. We were just in the perfect scenario, their starting center out with four fouls, and we could not take advantage.”
The Pirates hit their free throws to close out the game 62-52.
Horky led the Dutchmen with 18 points while Kelly added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Dutchmen fell to 4-10 (2-7) and had their Friday (2/9) game canceled against Vandercook Lake due to inclement weather. A makeup date has not yet been announced.