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Manhattan boys oust Townsend in District 5B championship

Manhattan Tigers celebrate District 5B Championship
Posted at 8:24 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-28 10:41:39-05

MANHATTAN — While both the Manhattan and Townsend boys basketball teams had already punched their state tournament tickets, there was still one game left to be played on Saturday -- the District 5B championship.

It was a back-and-forth contested battle, but Manhattan's Caden Holgate dished up a 20-point game to help the Tigers outlast Townsend, 65-59.

Holgate's shot of the game came with 10 seconds left in the third quarter. Tied at 58, Holgate hit a dagger from the corner, his fourth 3-pointer of the game, to retake the lead heading into the fourth.

The Tigers held onto that momentum for the remainder of the game, ultimately pulling out the championship win.

Tate Bowler and Corban Johnson were also big contributors to the Tigers' win Friday night, scoring a combined 26 points.

Gavin Vandenacre led Townsend with 17 points, followed by Trey Hoveland (13) and Ryan Racht (11).