Boys Basketball goes 1-2 at TOC

Grant Snowden, Sports Broadcaster

Manhattan High wrapped up the Tournament of Champions in Dodge City on Saturday, where they finished 1-2. 

The team fell in their first two games on Thursday and Friday to Maize and Eisenhower, but despite this, Manhattan didn’t let the two losses bring them down. They quickly switched their focus to Wichita East, where Manhattan won 71-51. This would be head coach Benji George’s 100th career win.

“[The 100th win] feels good to be honest, but I was more concerned with getting number three for this year’s team,” George said. “When I’m in my rocking chair, I can think about that 100th win. I also said on the radio; anytime a coach reaches a milestone, that it’s really the assistant coaches and great players who come to the program to get you there. So, thanks to everyone that’s helped me reach that point.” 

George joins only two other coaches in Manhattan High history to reach 100 wins. Tim Brooks (2004-2014) had 116, and Terry Taylor (1987-1999) had 152.

Senior Trey Holloway led the way for the Indians where he put up 16 points in the blowout win. 

“My reason for my personal success is just doing anything that I could for the team and to get a win,” Holloway said. “We had a team meeting to get things turned around. Just playing for each other with full effort all the time helped us.”

This is Manhattan’s first win since their home game vs. Emporia in early January. Now the Indians will try and keep the momentum going as they get ready to head into the final stretch of the season. 

“It definitely shifts momentum for us because we are starting to form and play as a team and for each other,” Holloway said. “The mindset is to prove everyone wrong and to keep playing for each other.”

Manhattan stands 3-8 after the TOC. They will travel to Topeka High on Tuesday.