Cass 69, Manchester 57
The Class 2A, No. 7-Kings were too much for the host Squires Friday, powering their way to a 69-57 win and into the sectional final.
Senior guard Austin Keisling had 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Kings to the win. He was 5 of 8 from the field and 14 of 19 from the foul line.
The Kings got the Squires (16-6) in foul trouble in the first half in building up a 30-24 lead at the half. Four Manchester starters had two fouls on them by halftime.
That continued into the second half as Cass outscored Manchester 26-13 from the line for the game. To go with all the free throws, the Kings shot 20 of 30 from the field and forced 19 Manchester turnovers.
Blake Hadley had 14 points and three assists for Cass. Owen Ohman had 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting and added four rebounds and three steals. Evan Ohman scored nine points off the bench. Ryan Bixler added four points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Winamac 47, Rensselaer 40
Whether it was standing at the free-throw line, the perimeter or in the paint, Rensselaer Central struggled to hit shots in its sectional semifinal matchup with Winamac Friday night at Joe Burvan Gymnasium.
The total number of misfires — 13 of 45 from the floor, including 1 of 16 from 3-point range, and 13 of 26 from the foul line — was the Bombers’ undoing in a loss to the Warriors.
The Bombers bow out at 13-10.
Rensselaer missed its first 14 3-point baskets before Austin Fleming hit his team’s first shot from deep with 22 seconds left. That tightened the score at 46-40, but by then the Warriors were winning the game at the foul line.
Winamac was 12 of 19 on its free throws in the fourth period and finished 17 of 24 in the game. The Warriors needed every free shot they could get in the fourth; they missed all seven of their shots in the period.