SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — It doesn’t matter if four players are guarding the basket.
Shawnee’s George Mangas just finds ways to snake his way to the hoop.
And when he does, the outside game opens up.
Mangas tossed in 34 points to lead Shawnee to a 64-52 boys basketball victory over Findlay Saturday at Lappin Gymnasium.
Mangas hit two 3-pointers besides his weaving layups and also pulled down eight rebounds.
John Barker added 14 points and six rebounds for Shawnee.
Tyson Elwer had nine points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Mangas scored 10 of his 12 baskets on driving layups.
But it just wasn’t Mangas.
With Shawnee continually reversing the ball and dropping it inside, the Indians had 23 baskets and 17 were layups.
“We have really unselfish kids and we have high I.Q. basketball kids,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said. “When the defense is going to give you the high-low pass, the lob was there and our guys just recognized it.’’
Shawnee, ranked No. 5 in the state in Division II, stands 17-0.
The Indians were coming off emotional victories over Ottawa-Glandorf (65-53) on Friday and Lima Senior (70-55) last Saturday.
“We had a lot of fatigue, but we wanted to protect our homecourt,” Mangas said. “We wanted to go undefeated at home, so we motivated ourselves to go out and win. … It’s a grind and we just don’t want to lose.’’
Findlay is 11-7.
Isaiah Moore had 14 points to lead Findlay
Max Roth added 10 points with two 3-pointers.
A.J. Adams had nine points.
Shawnee led 41-34 with 4:01 left in the third.
Findlay answered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Sam Weihrauch and Moore to slice the lead to 41-40.
Mangas gave Shawnee the lead to stay 46-44 with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter.
Elwer had back-to-back layups to give Shawnee a 52-46 lead with 5:36 to go.
Then when Barker and Mangas hit two straight 3-pointers the Shawnee lead ballooned to 58-48 with 4:02 to go.
Findlay wasn’t able to make a closing run, as Barker and Mangas both went 2 of 2 at the line in the final quarter.
For the game, Mangas was 8 of 8 at the line.
Shawnee won the boards easily, 27-15.
The Indians shot 59 percent from the field and were 5 of 11 on 3-pointers.
Findlay shot 48 percent from the field and was 7 of 11 on threes.
Findlay started the game in a 3-2 zone, but by the end of the first quarter had switched to a man.
No matter the defense, Mangas was winding and twisting his way to the basket for a layup.
Shawnee led 21-17 after the first quarter and 31-26 at the half.
Meanwhile, the Indians played the second quarter in a box-and-one, with a chaser following Findlay guard Max Roth.
“He was hitting threes and we wanted to take him out of that,” Mangas said of the box-and-one.’’
Added Triplett, “We wanted to mix things up and keep our legs a little fresher. When teams get going with their best shooter from the perimeter, it can be a long night for you, so we tried to take him out of the offense as much as we could.’’
Shawnee just came through a rugged part of the schedule, with wins over Lima Senior, O-G and Findlay.
“I think the biggest key tonight was not being satisfied with last night, and coming in hungry today,” Triplett said. “A big key was understanding that Findlay wasn’t going to care that we beat Ottawa-Glandorf last night. We were have to come out and beat them. Findlay was not going to beat themselves.’’
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