The Dodge City Red Demons knew they were going to be in a defensive struggle in their Friday night contest against the Manhattan Indians.The Indians made the plays at the end in recording a 34-30 victory over the Red Demons.Dodge City (1-1) was 11-of-36 from the field (including making only one of 11 from 3-point range) and committed 16 turnovers as they never could get their offense going against the man defense of the Indians. Manhattan had just as much trouble against the Red Demons defense, committing 14 turnovers and shooting 12-of-35.Manhattan was able to be more successful in points off of turnovers (10-6), which ended up being the difference in the game.Matt Goedeken led Dodge City with eight points and eight rebounds, while Shaphan Gross and Jace Larson added six apiece in the loss.Neither team had more than a three-point lead in the opening stanza
with Manhattan leading 9-8.Manhattan increased its lead on the Demons to seven with 4:22 left before halftime, but Dodge City scored the final five points to trail 15-13 at intermission.Neither team shot the ball well in the first half: the Demons were 5-of-16 from the floor while Manhattan made six of its 18 attempts. Holloway scored nine points to lead the Indians, while Gross and Larson scored four points and grabbed three boards apiece to lead Dodge City.The Red Demons cut the margin to three a couple of times early in the third quarter, but Manhattan was able to push the lead back up to 26-21 by the end of the stanza.Neither team scored over the first four minutes midway through the final quarter before Dodge City went on a five-point run and missed an opportunity with less than three minutes left in regulation to take the lead on a steal.Their shot was missed and the ball tipped out to Chris Hudgens, who scored a basket to keep Manhattan ahead. Hudgens, who scored seven of Manhattan's points in the final period, hit four free throws to seal the victory for the Indians.Hudgens led Manhattan (2-1) with 13 points, while Jacob Holloway added nine in the victory.