Mavericks finish runner up in district tournament

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The Manchester Academy Mavericks placed second in the District 2 AA Tournament Saturday. 

As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Mavericks began the tournament facing off against their rival team, Tri-County Academy.  The Mavericks managed to pull out a nice win over Tri-County with a score of 56-47, which advanced them to the championship game against Greenville St. Joe.

It was in this second game that things started to really heat up.  Coach Jacob Iles said that most of the Maverick's energy game from the fan support in the stands.

"The fans really made this district tournament a success," he said. "The gym was packed for all of our games and made it a hostile environment for the opposing teams.  We could not have played as well without them."

Both games featured outstanding offense from Park Poe, Jon Riley Poe, Dylan Dendy, and Upton Hitt. Ty Kilpatrick contributed a great deal on the defense side of both games as well.

"Dylan Dendy played some of his best basketball during the tournament," Coach Iles said. "We really fed off of his intensity."

After a long, hard-fought championship game, the Mavericks fell to St. Joe 61-63, making them the runner's up in the tournament.

"The result of the game was disappointing, but we have to look at the big picture," Coach Iles said. "We have more games to play and our season is still in front of us."

After the tournament, Maverick players Dylan Dendy and Parks Poe were honored by being named to the All District Tournament Team.

With a new record of 14 wins and 8 losses, the Manchester boys will advance to the North State Tournament hosted by Marshall Academy. The Mavericks will face off against Oak Hill Academy on Wednesday, Feb. 13.