Leep Leaps

Manhattan Christian's Sam Leep leaps toward the basket en route to a first half bucket Thursday night against Lone Peak.

CHURCHILL — Austin Samuels buried back-to-back 3’s midway through the first quarter to trim the deficit to four.

It was the only points of the quarter for Lone Peak, however, in a blowout loss Thursday night.

Manhattan Christian scored 24 consecutive points to close out the frame en route to an 86-26 District 11C victory in the Memorial Event Center.

It was the sixth time this season the defending Class C champions have scored 80 or more points.

Lay-In

Manhattan Christian's Charlie Keith lays the ball in for a bucket Thursday night against Lone Peak.

“We’re just trying to tune things up and get ready for postseason because we know what it’s going to take,” Eagles coach Jeff Bellach said.

Christian overwhelmed the Bighorns with its fullcourt and man to man pressure. Lone Peak committed 28 turnovers and the Eagles converted them into 49 points.

“Our defensive intensity was good tonight,” said Bellach. “That’s one thing that we focused on and that’s one thing that gets hard in these games is keep that intensity on defense, and then it carries over to the offensive end and it gets sloppy. I thought the guys did a really good job of keeping that intensity.”

Christian led 34-6 after the first quarter and 54-12 at halftime. By night’s end, five players had reached double figures led by 23 points from Josiah Amunrud.

Charlie Keith scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter, while Sam Leep, Caidin Hill and Matt Kenney finished with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.

“We got five guys in double figures,” noted Bellach. “Devan (Walhof) had a good night too, so it was a good game for those guys.”

Walhof chipped in with six points and three rebounds, while Willem Kimm came off the bench to add eight points and three boards.

The Eagles scored 51 first half points Saturday night en route to a 71-31 rout of Shields Valley in a conference game on the road.

Amunrud finished with a game-high 19 points, while Hill and Leep had 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Christian shot 52.8 percent from the field, committed just five turnovers, and boasted 21 assists.

The Eagles, who improved to 15-1 overall and 9-0 in conference, wrap up the home portion of the schedule Feb. 14 against Gardiner. Then they’ll cap the regular season Feb. 15 with a non-conference game at Class B Whitehall.

Manhattan Christian 86, Lone Peak 26

Lone Peak                  6   6     9    5   -  26

Christian                   34  20  17  15  -  86

LONE PEAK (1-14) - Austin Samuels 3 0-0 9, Jackson Lang 0 0-0 0, Frankie Starz 2 2-2 7, Michael Romney 1 2-2 4, Nolan Schumacher 1 0-0 2, Nick Brestor 2 0-0 4, Mickey Botha 0 0-0 0, Bennett Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 4-4 26.

MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN (14-1) - Sam Leep 4 1-1 11, Josiah Amunrud 11 1-1 23, Matt Kenney 4 0-1 10, Logan Leep 2 0-0 4, Tebarek Hill 1 0-0 2, Caidin Hill 4 0-0 10, Charlie Keith 5 2-2 12, Seth Amunrud 0 0-0 0, Trevor VanDyken 0 0-0 0, Jackson Leep 0 0-0 0, Devan Walhof 3 0-0 6, Willem Kimm 4 0-0 8. Totals: 38 4-5 86.

3-point goals: LP 4 (Samuels 3, Starz 1), MC 6 (S. Leep 2, J. Amunrud 2, C. Hill 2).

Manhattan Christian 71, Shields Valley 31

Christian                     23  28  15  5  -  71

Shields Valley             10    7    9  5  -  31

MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN (15-1) - Sam Leep 4 1-2 10, Josiah Amunrud 7 1-3 19, Matt Kenney 0 0-0 0, Logan Leep 1 0-0 3, Tebarek Hill 0 0-0 0, Caidin Hill 6 0-0 15, Charlie Keith 4 0-0 8, Seth Amunrud 3 0-0 7, Trevor VanDyken 0 0-0 0, Gavin Weiss 0 0-0 0, Devan Walhof 3 1-2 7, Willem Kimm 0 2-2 2. Totals: 28 5-9 71.

SHIELDS VALLEY (7-9) - Emmett Gilbert 0 0-0 0, Kaden Acosta 4 2-2 12, Wyatt Rooney 0 0-0 0, Dylan Flatt 3 0-0 8, Hunter Sanderson 0 0-2 0, Aiden Jenkins 3 0-0 6, Cole Flatt 2 0-0 5, Mikey Collings 0 0-0 0, Hazen Marshall 0 0-0 0, Coby Stallard 0 0-0 0. Totals; 12 2-4 31.

3-point goals: MC 10 (J. Amunrud 4, C. Hill 3, S. Leep 1, L. Leep 1, Keith 1), SV 5 (Acosta 2, D. Flatt 1, C. Flatt 1).