Action was slow early on in the boys game with the Partiots taking a 2-0 lead at the one minute mark and then holding on to it until a free throw gave them a 3-0 lead with 5:36 to go in the opening period. The game remained at 3-0 until Paulding scored on a breakaway three minutes later for a 5-0 lead.
Six minutes into the game, Shamir Williams finally got New Manchester on the board with a pair of free throw shots. After a Patriots 3-pointer, the Jags made their first shot from the field with a minute remaining, cutting their deficit to 8-4. Paulding ended the period up 10-5.
The second period started all New Manchester, with the Jags cutting the deficit down to one point within the first minute. Then the game once again slowed down and no point was scored until the 4:21 mark when a free throw by New Manchester’s Eric Sparks tied the game at 10-10.
After a Patriots free throw, New Manchester took their first lead of the day when Joe Boyer finger-tipped the ball into the basket. The Jags led 12-11 with 1:45 to go. With a minute remaining, the Patriots scored two, giving them the lead into the half.
Both teams came out firing after the break, and the score stood at New Manchester 19 and Paulding 17 with five minutes to play in the third period. Paulding took the lead on the following possession then then widened it to 25-21 with 1:42 on the clock. The Patriots ended the period up 29-21.
Paulding widened their lead to 10 in the fourth period with seven minutes to play. The Patriots went up 35-23 with 6:18 remaining in the game. Paulding went up 15 with 3:30 to go. A three by the Patroits gave them a 45-27 lead with a minute to play. They would would on from their for a 16 point victory.
The Lady Jags struggled against visiting Paulding County. The Lady Patriots took an 11-0 lead in the game before Alyssa Harris hit a shot to put New Manchester on the board. It would be that kind of night for the Lady Jags.
Paulding went up 21-7 in the first period and then completely shut out New Manchester in the second, scoring six of their own for a 27-7 halftime lead. The Lady Patriots scored 25 in the third period for a 52-15 lead.
There were very few fouls on the night on both sides of the ball, with a total of 10 trips to the line, six for Paulding and four for the Lady Jags.
Harris led New Manchester with seven points. No other Lady Jag player scored more than four. Keisha Shy led the Lady Patriots with 18 points. Jenny Vernet followed with 14. Both Kimberly Persona and Leslie Whiddon netted 11 points each.