Boys basketball prepares for postseason

Grant Snowden, Sports Broadcaster

Manhattan High Boys Basketball (7-13) wrapped up their regular season play on Friday against Hayden. After starting the month 4-2, including three straight wins against Washburn Rural, Highland Park, and Emporia, the Indians dropped their last two at home. 

The three game streak was the longest win streak of the season. The Indians won back to back games on the road at Emporia, then at Washburn Rural before they knocked off Highland Park in overtime at home. 

“Getting the win against Highland Park and Washburn was really good for us,”  junior Dre Delort said. “And getting that Washburn Rural win on the road really helped us with our confidence.”

After the three game win streak, the Indians dropped two straight at home against Seaman and Hayden to finish the regular season. 

“I feel like I might have lost some momentum there, but we just got to bounce back from those,” Delort said. “We didn’t play our best in those two, but I think we can build some momentum back in the state games.”

Now the Indians shift their focus to a different opponent, Wichita Northwest (14-6).

“The main [challenge] is getting back on defense,” senior Tate Brown said. “They are small, but needless to say we shouldn’t underestimate them. They’ve got a good amount of talent at the point guard position so it’ll be interesting to match up against them.”

This will be the first of the Indians postseason games in which they win or go home, so the team only has one goal in mind. 

“I think it’s a win now,” Brown said. “We had that little win streak and I think if we just focus on one game at a time, we’ll get what we need.”