Highlights from Tuesday

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Manitou Springs rode a huge second half of solid play and emotion to overcome Colorado Springs Christian School 56-47 in a key Tri-Peaks West battle Tuesday night.

Sam Schultz led the Mustangs with a game-high 18 points, including some clutch free throws in the final minute, and Cole McQueeney added 14 points and six rebounds as the Mustangs took over sole possession of second place in the league.

“The crowd was awesome tonight, and it is a surreal feeling to beat CSCS in front of our fans,” McQueeney said.

Manitou (10-3, 5-2) jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter. However, CSCS (8-6, 5-3) outscored the Mustangs 24-7 the rest of the half.

The Mustangs then came out with tremendous confidence in the second half, and took a 39-35 lead into the fourth quarter behind a loud home crowd.

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“I challenged them at halftime, and they responded,” Manitou coach Ken Vecchio said. “We played very good defense, and it led to some steals and layups.”

CSCS had led 28-21 at halftime, but it all came apart quickly in the third quarter.

The Mustangs’ lockdown defense forced CSCS into some tough shots, and kept them off balance throughout the second half.

“They were more intense in the second half, and we give them credit,” said Nate Engesser, CSCS’ leading scorer with 17 points. “We just kept throwing the ball right to them, and we couldn’t even get shots off.”

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