Pequot Lakes Patriot Boys Win, Head To Section 7-2A Final
Pequot Lakes 71, Greenway 56 Key: Tyler Manley scored 25 points Record: PL 23-6, Green 21-6 Next: vs. the Esko/Virginia winner in the Section 7-2A Championship at University of Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14. DULUTH -- As his name might suggest, Tyler Manley was the man Tuesday, March 12. Despite fighting a height disadvantage, Pequot Lakes’ 6-foot-1 senior post scored a game-high 25 points with all but five coming in the paint to send the No. 3-seeded Patriots to their first section final since 2007 with a 71-56 victory over the Greenway Raiders in the Section 7-2A semifinals. Manley was not only spectacular but consistent as he tallied 14 points in the first half and 11 in the second. He was also efficient hitting 10-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from the line. “They were bigger, obviously, so we had to work hard on the glass,” Manley said. “We just tried to box out and get the rebounds. “Offensively, we had a little quickness against them. Plus, the defense they were playing, bringing their big guy to the top of their zone and their little guy to the baseline, helped. I had one quick move and I was by him.” Pequot shot 58 percent from the field, despite high-scoring senior Jordan Schommer never finding his rhythm in the spacious University of Minnesota, Duluth Romano Gymnasium. Schommer still finished with 19 points, with 13 coming in the first half. “I think we felt good,” Pequot Lakes head coach Rich Spiczka said. “The one nice thing is when we can get out and pressure and play on our toes. Our kids are comfortable playing with their foot on the gas. We did a nice job with our pressure. We turned them over a few times, but it also just put them out of sorts on offense, which was the goal. “They don’t play a lot of guys so we were able to run up and down the floor and use our speed and quickness for easy layups. We got the start we were looking for.” Pequot opened shooting 58 percent from the field in the opening half to build a 43-22 halftime edge. Manley owned the paint with 14 points. Owen Seidl hit two 3-pointers in the frame.