Amazing rally sends Manhattan into Invite finals

By Steve Sell
January 23, 2015
Kendall Shaw

A comeback for the ages Friday night sent the Manhattan Indians into the finals of the McPherson Invitational.

Down 48-36 with 6:05 to go, the Indians' relentless pressure defense caused Shawnee Mission East to implode as Manhattan rallied for a 52-50 victory.

The second-seeded Indians, who have two Invitational championships to their credit with the last coming in 2008, take a 9-1 record into Saturday's 7:30 p.m. finals.

Manhattan appeared to be toast after the Lancers scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to swell their lead to 12.

But the Lancers turned cautious and got out of their rhythm. Meanwhile, the Indians could do no wrong as they ran off 15 straight points, taking the lead for good at 49-48 on a basket by Grant Munsen.

East later had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Jack Flint's 3-pointer rimmed out.

 Pierson McAtee led Manhattan with 14 points, while Gabe Awbrey scored 12 and Trevor Hudgins added 10.

The loss spoiled a magnificent performance by East's Lucas Jones, who scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Jones had 17 points in the first half as the Lancers led 30-21.

Manhattan (52) — Ekart 1-2, 0-0, 2; Dillon 0-1, 0-0, 0; Francis 2-4, 0-0, 6; Hudgins 4-13, 2-3, 10; Munsen 2-4, 0-0, 4; Awbrey 4-8, 3-5, 12; McAtee 6-12, 1-3, 14; Gritton 2-4, 0-0, 4; Ostermann 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 21-49, 6-11, 52. 3-pointers — Francis 2, Awbrey 1, McAtee 1.

Shawnee Mission East (50) — Flint 2-6, 1-2, 5; Dornbusch 0-2, 2-2, 2; Englund 2-4, 3-4, 8; Guastello 3-5, 0-0, 7; Jones 11-16, 3-4, 25; Morrison 1-3, 1-2, 3. Totals — 19-36, 10-14, 50. 3-pointers — Englund 1, Guastello 1.


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