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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester boys look to turn fortunes around

  • After quickly getting out of the gates this season, the Manchester cagers have fallen on some hard times. The team has hovered around the .500 mark since the calendar year turned over.

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  • After quickly getting out of the gates this season, the Manchester cagers have fallen on some hard times. The team has hovered around the .500 mark since the calendar year turned over.
    The Panthers’ high-water mark came back on Dec. 27 when they stood at 7-1. The team is 6-6 since.
    A difficult schedule and some injuries have derailed a promising season, but the red and black hope to turn their fortunes around as they set their sights on the postseason.
    Manchester (13-7. 9-4) will close its campaign on Feb. 19 against Canton Central Catholic and open sectional tournament action on March 1 at the Salem Division II boys basketball tournament at Salem High School.
    The Panthers will play the winner of the Lisbon David Anderson/ Columbiana game.
    “We feel pretty good about the respect we earned by getting the No. 2 seed, but we know there are some good teams that we need to beat to make a run over at Salem,” said head coach Gene Schindewolf.
    One of the key starters missing from Manchester’s line-up has been senior guard Bryan Daily. Daily suffered an ankle injury in the team’s win over Fairless on Jan. 25 and missed three consecutive games. The Panthers went 1-2 in his absence.
    Daily, who saw limited duty on Tuesday, is third in team scoring with a 10.8 average. He also averages 3.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.
    “It’s been tough to replace our point guard,” Schindewolf said. “Chad (Robertson) has done a great job of handling the ball, but Bryan (Daily) does some many other things to make us successful that aren’t on the stat sheet. We don’t use his injury as an excuse for some losses, but it will be nice to get him back at full strength.”