The Redskins came out focused and determined to make Camden earn their points. In the first quarter, Manteo forced Camden to be patient, and work the ball around against their zone. The Redskins shifted hard, and communicated well, and were able to get several defensive stops against the conference-leading Bruins. However, the offensive end of the first quarter for the Redskins was a struggle. They got several good looks inside early, and got to the line, but failed to convert any of the chances. A lone three-pointer from Claveon Rice was all that would fall in the first quarter, going down 18-3.
In the 2nd quarter, Manteo loosened up offensively, move the ball with a purpose, and shots began to fall. Chandler France worked hard inside to convert three shots in the paint, opening up the outside for Eric Bailey and Wolfie Schultz to find space to knock down a couple threes. The Redskins went into halftime, trailing 29-18.
Manteo again was able to hang tough with Camden in the third quarter, holding the Bruins to 14 points in the quarter, while scoring 9 points. In the 4th quarter, the Bruin bench came out hot, with one sub hitting 4 three-pointers in the 4th quarter alone. Claveon Rice knocked down 2 more from three-point range, while Josh Houston and Chandler France put up a couple in the paint. Manteo fell 68-37 in the end.
After the game, Coach Cleaver stated, ” While the overall end result was not what we wanted, we do have several positives to take away. We hung tough against one of the best teams in the conference and made them earn everything they got. We were communicating on defense, calling out cutters, and seeking out players to box out. We found open looks and moved the ball with a purpose, we just didn’t always make the perfect pass, or finish. We feel we are ready to take down Columbia Friday night.”
Chandler France posted his 8th double, double on the season.