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The Suburbanite
  • Manchester boys continue hot play at Salem Tourney

  • Manchester entered the Salem Division III boys cage tournament playing some of its best ball of the season. The team hasn’t skipped a beat, winning its opening two outings to advance to the district championship game against St. Thomas Aquinas.

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  • Manchester entered the Salem Division III boys cage tournament playing some of its best ball of the season. The team hasn’t skipped a beat, winning its opening two outings to advance to the district championship game against St. Thomas Aquinas.
    Friday’s contest marked the team’s first appearance in a district title game since the 2006-2007 campaign.
    “As far as late season, and our tournament run, the biggest thing has been getting healthy,” said coach Gene Schindewolf about his team’s resurgence. “We had a month stretch that we did not have all our players playing and/or practicing.
    “I’m also proud of the seven seniors and how they have taken this team to the level we are at.”
    The Panthers, who have won five straight, began tournament play with a 44-41 victory over Lisbon David Anderson on March 1.
    Manchester (16-7) got out of the gates slow in the contest but shook off the effects of a 10-day layoff.
    The Panthers most recently played Canton Central Catholic in the district semifinals on March 5.
    The red and black fell behind 11-10 after one but outscored the Crusaders 21-13 in the middle two quarters to take control of the game.
    “The game was a total team effort,” praised Schindewolf. “We really played good defense and had a good inside presence. I was very proud of all 11 players.”
    Jamar Dukes and Nick Peyakov shared scoring honors with 11 points apiece. Dukes also had a team-high seven rebounds, while Bryan Daily had four assists and Chad Robertson registered four steals.
    Manchester connected on 47 percent of its field goal tries (17 of 36), and 50 percent of the free throws.