Manchester Valley boys basketball coach Bernie Koontz talks about his team's win over Winters Mill. (Tom Worgo / Carroll County Times)
As usual, guard Bo Schene had a big-time game for Manchester Valley.
Luckily for the Mavericks, so did teammate Chandler Breeden.
The senior forward totaled 18 points and 22 rebounds and Schene, a junior guard, finished with 23 points as they powered visiting Manchester Valley (3-1) to a 55-45 victory over Winters Mill in Westminster Monday night.
Manchester Valley coach Bernie Koontz was especially impressed by Breeden's performance.
"They really didn't have an answer for him when he got the ball inside," Koontz said. "It was probably a statistical high for him. He had a good night, and I will take that any time. The key for him is finishing and converting."
It was Schene's third effort of scoring more than 20 points in a game this season for the Mavericks (3-1, 3-1 county). He scored 26 against South Carroll and had 25 in a rematch with Westminster.
"He is really coming through for us, and people really have to game plan for him," Koontz said. "He is pretty explosive player."
Since a season-opening 17-point loss to Westminster, Manchester Valley has won three straight.
"In the first game, we didn't play very well and it looked we might not win a game," Koontz said. "We didn't come out and play hard. We didn't compete. But now we are coming out ready to play. We are prepared."
Winters Mill senior point guard Tre Woodyard led the Falcons with 16 points. It was a season low for player averaging 25 points in the team's previous four games.
The Falcons trailed 32-21 at halftime, but they played better in the second half.
Winters Mill picked up some much-needed momentum early in the third quarter as the Falcons cut into the Mavericks' lead early as Woodyard sank two free throws and made a layup to cut the deficit to 32-24. But Schene nailed a 3-pointer to make it 35-28.
The Falcons trimmed the advantage to 37-33 on Nico Graham's layup with 1:20 remaining in the period.
Manchester Valley led 39-34 at end of the third quarter.
Winters Mill (1-4, 0-3) also cut the deficit to four points with 3:39 left in the third quarter, but that as close as the Falcons got. The Mavericks pulled away down the stretch and closed on an 11-5 spurt.
"They answered our run, they made some shots and we missed too many shots," Mays said.
Manchester Valley never trailed and jumped out to 6-2 lead in the first 4:27. By the end of quarter, the Mavericks pushed the margin to 13-4. The Falcons struggled with its shooting, going 2-for-13 in the period.
Breeden scored eight points in the quarter, including the last seven for Manchester Valley.
Winters Mill picked up its offense in the second quarter The Falcons got back-to-back three pointers from Cade Zophy and Grant Sabad within 1:16.