In a tournament seemingly dominated by teams who shoot the three, Pitt Meadows is a bit of a throwback. Not a team to shoot as much from distance, they instead rely on the presence of Giovanni Manu and Colton Leon. That strategy worked well again today, as they used their size advantage inside to win 84-64.
Pitt Meadows struggled to start this game. Richmond was able to take advantage and get to a quick 11-3 lead. It wasn’t to last however, as the Marauders started to hit their shots such as Kinney’s three from the top of the key. Despite this, the Colts still had the lead after the first quarter. Pitt Meadows had other ideas, as they clawed their way into the lead at the end of the first half.
Richmond continued to struggle defending the two Pitt bigs of Giovanni Manu and Colton Leon in the second half. The Marauders came storming out 11 straight points to start, and never really looked back. The Colts did to their credit try to switch things up, going to a full court press and a more transition oriented offence. Pitt Meadows just seemed to answer every trick Richmond seemed to come up with.
Giovanni Manu had another big game, finishing with 33 points and 10 boards. Richmond simply couldn’t stop him from muscling his way to the rim whenever he wanted.
“He’s a beast” said Pitt Meadows head coach Carson Power on the 6’8 senior. “He really improved this year, and his attitude is so professional and workmanlike.”
Pitt Meadows now takes on South Kamloops tomorrow at 3:30 pm.