On January 10th, Manteo traveled down to Cape Hatteras, with one thing on their mind; leave with a victory. Both teams were winless at the time and would fight hard throughout the night to ensure the season’s first win. While Manteo achieved what they set out to accomplish, the Hurricanes made the Redskins earn their victory. Manteo won 51-40.
The Redskins came out in their full-court diamond and one press defense, turning the Hurricanes over quickly and often. Manteo was able to force Hatteras to turn the ball over 12 times in the first quarter alone, but again, the inability to make layups and finish at the rim, lead Manteo to only converting one of those turnovers into transition points. This trend continued throughout the entire game, as Hatteras would turn the ball over 27 times, with Manteo only converting three of those turnovers into transition points. This trend allowed Hatteras to remain in the game, as the game was tied at the half, 29-29.
Manteo was 17 of 52 from inside the arc, of which 51 of those shot attempts came inside the paint. From beyond the arc, Manteo was just 3 of 19, at 16%.
Manteo stayed with their press defense throughout the game, racking up a team total of 20 steals. After allowing Hatteras a solid offensive first half, scoring 29 points, Manteo tightened up defensively, and held the Hurricanes to just 11 points in the second half, allowing them to secure an 11 point win.
Claveon Rice, and Chandler France both posted double, doubles for the Redskins. Rice with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 7 steals. France with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, and 5 blocks. Wolfie Schultz played another solid game with 7 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals, while Shymeek Pledger chipped in 6 points and 3 steals.
While the game was certainly not pretty other either side, in large part because of a short sided officiating crew, the Redskins worked hard for their win, and will look to take some momentum into their Friday matchup again Perquimans.