Ty Lanas drives to the basket.
Ty Lanas drives to the basket.
FRANKLIN – Sophomore Brandon Christlieb and first-year Ty Lynas provided some late game heroics as Manchester rallied past Franklin College 83-82 on Saturday afternoon in the Spurlock Center.

After trailing by 10 in the 2nd half, the Black & Gold stormed all the way back to tie the game in final minute of regulation. A turnover jumper in the paint by Brandon Christlieb (Ashley) with 13.8 seconds gave the Spartan and 81-79 lead over the Grizzlies.

After a Franklin timeout, Ty Lynas’ (Crawfordsville) outstanding ball pressure forced a steal and a foul by Franklin’s Jalen Love. The first-year calmly stepped up to the charity stripe and swished home both foul shot attempts – putting the Spartans ahead 83-79 with just four seconds left in regulation.

Brandon Christlieb would lead all scorers on Saturday afternoon, finishing with a game-high 25 points. Christlieb shot 9-17 from the floor and was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Ty Lynas added 18 points on the strength of 7-13 shooting. Lynas was also perfect from the free throw line, going 4-4. Bryant Smith (West Lafayette) added 14 points for the Black & Gold after shooting 6-7 in Saturday’s game. CJ Hampton (Hammond) chipped in 11 points and seven boards in the winning effort. Hampton made several clutch plays during the Spartans’ late comeback, including converting an old fashioned three-point that tied the game at 79 with just over a minute left to play.

Manchester shot 50.8 percent (31-61) in Saturday’s win over Franklin College. The Black & Gold also turned the ball over just four times.

Franklin finished shooting 48.4 percent (30-62) on Saturday. The Grizzlies held a 41-28 rebounding advantage in the game. Matt Krause led Franklin with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Ty Wright also had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spartans (8-11, 7-5 HCAC) will return to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Wednesday  to host the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at 7:30 p.m.

Franklin (9-10, 5-7 HCAC) will host Transylvania University on Wednesday.

Spartans Topped on the Road by Franklin College

FRANKLIN – The Franklin College women's basketball team knocked off the visiting Manchester Spartans by a final score of 71-45 on Saturday afternoon as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play continued for both schools.

The Franklin defense limited Manchester to 30.2 percent shooting (16-53) in Saturday's contest. Manchester was also held to 8.3 percent shooting (1-12) from distance.

The Grizzlies shot 36.5 percent (23-63) in Saturday's game. Franklin also finished shooting 36.8 percent (7-19) from beyond the three-point arc. The Grizzlies also held a 52-30 rebounding advantage over Manchester.

Macy Miller (Huntertown) led Manchester with 12 points on 5-10 shooting from the floor. Hillery Shepherd (Middletown) added eight points. Both Miranda Bieghler (Plainfield) and Alexis Porter (Nashville, Tenn.) both scored seven points.

Bayleigh Torrance led Franklin with 16 points and seven rebounds. Destinee Cross added 13 points and eight boards.

The Spartans (7-9, 4-5 HCAC), currently in the middle of a four-game road swing, will travel to Defiance College on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Yellow Jackets.

Franklin (7-12, 5-7 HCAC) will travel to nationally-ranked Transylvania University on Wednesday.