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Manhattan basketball programs sweep Three Forks in home openers

Manhattan's Colter Barta
Posted at 12:07 AM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 11:18:47-05

MANHATTAN — Manhattan's basketball teams hosted a doubleheader Friday night against Three Forks for their home openers.

The boys programs were first to tip off, and it didn't take long for the Tigers to take hold of the game. Manhattan couldn't be stopped offensively, outscoring the Wolves 16-5 in the first quarter en route to a 63-51 win.

The Wolves were able to outscore the Tigers 20-8 in the third quarter to cut Manhattan's lead to 45-40. However, a pair of 3-pointers from junior Finn Tesoro gave the Tigers a comfortable lead.

He'd finish with a team-high 19 points to help Manhattan to the 63-51 victory over Three Forks, improving the Tigers to 3-0 on the season.

The girls game tipped off directly after, and it was quite the back-and-forth battle, with Manhattan ultimately edging out a 38-36 victory.

At the half, Manhattan held onto a narrow three-point lead, 18-15, but that quickly changed in the third quarter. Five different Tigers found the basket for a 14-point quarter to give Manhattan a comfortable 32-21 lead.

Three Forks went on a small scoring run in the final minutes of the game to bring the score within two, but Manhattan was able to hold on for the two-point win.

Olleca Severson was the Tigers' leading scorer with 13 points.

Both Manhattan programs will be back on the court Jan. 14 for another doubleheader against Big Timber.