Chips surge late to salvage ugly win against Manton

Manistee’s Cody McShane (22) scores while being fouled by Manton’s Scott Larr during the first quarter of Tuesday’s game. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

MHS scores 19 through three quarters, 25 in 4th

MANISTEE — In a game that seemed destined for a football score, the only thing that was missing was a tackle.

Until the fourth quarter.

Low scoring, physical and lacking anything resembling flow, Manistee and Manton engaged in a game Tuesday night that was far from a model of basketball.

“People should get their money back,” Manistee coach Scott Solberg said.

But, the Chippewas aren’t going to give the win back. After managing just 19 points through three quarters, Manistee scored 25 in the fourth to rally for a 44-36 win.

“I’ll take it,” said Manistee junior Jordan MacArthur. “A win is a win, even if it is ugly.”

The setting and opponent were in sharp contrast to Friday’s game when Manistee lost a 35-34 heartbreaker to rival Ludington in front of a packed gym. It seemed to show for the Chippewas.

“I was totally disappointed in the way we showed up tonight,” Solberg said. “You have to prepare yourself for this. I think we prepared them physically and everything else, but I think (there was a) letdown of yeah, this wasn’t a packed place, we weren’t playing a rivalry game, but this is still a basketball game.”

The Chippewas trailed by four midway through the fourth before finally knocking down some shots and closing the game on a 10-1 run.

“When you’re 2-11, playing a good five minutes there to get a win, yeah, we’re going to take it,” Solberg said. “We’re going to take it and move on.”

Cody McShane led Manistee (3-11) with 10 points, Andrew Solberg and Kreighton Rahn had seven apiece and MacArthur and Dustin Simmons each scored six.

Alex Powell scored seven of his game-high 11 points in the fourth quarter to lead Manton (3-10).

McShane took a long lead pass and converted it into a 3-point play late in the first as Manistee led 12-7 after the opening quarter.

“About halfway through the first quarter, it was like this is going to be one of those nights where we just aren’t going to mesh, I guess,” MacArthur said. “We always play hard, but I don’t think the same intensity was there.”

What looked like a somewhat sloppy start got worse as the Chippewas and Rangers combined for seven points and 17 turnovers in the second quarter.

“We couldn’t make shots, they couldn’t make shots,” said Manton coach Ryan Hiller. “We had tons of open looks.”

Manton led 15-11 at halftime as Manistee went scoreless the final five minutes of the half. Continuing into the third quarter, the Chippewas managed just two points in more than 12 minutes of play and Manton went on an 8-0 run for a 21-17 lead.

The Rangers led 23-19 heading into the fourth before the Chippewas’ full-court pressure finally paid off in the form of eight Manton turnovers.

“What we knew coming in … was that this team will not handle pressure well,” Scott Solberg said. “In the fourth quarter it showed.”

After the Chippewas tied the game, Manton went up three on a trio of quick free throws, the first coming after a flagrant foul by Manistee’s Jared Knapp, who hauled Powell down with a two-armed tackle following a turnover.

Trailing 33-29 midway through the fourth, Rahn hit a triple, McShane knocked down a pair of free throws and Colin Bachinski hit a 3-pointer for the 37-35 lead and Manistee never trailed again.

The Rangers got within a point and as Manistee spread the court while trying to work the clock, McShane squared up for a 3-pointer from the corner. Scott Solberg, who wanted no shot other than an open layup, yelled “no” from the bench, but the shot fell and essentially capped an odd night for the Chippewas, who shot 7-for-17 from the line in the fourth quarter.

“We played a team that for the first time this year, and no disrespect to them, but we were more talented, we were more skilled,” Scott Solberg said. “To be losing in the fourth quarter and to do the things we did and play the way we did, I wasn’t proud at all to be the coach of the Manistee Chippewas tonight for that three quarters. I was as far as hustle and things like that … but playing down to a different level surprised me.

“If we do that in the tournament, we’re out the first game and they need to decide what they want out of it, we can’t decide it for them.”

The Manton JV team beat Manistee 62-48. Connor Mrozki led the Chippewas (2-11) with 18 points, Blake Davis scored 13 and Logan Maser had 10.

 

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