Lancashire’s comeback bid falls short at Manchester

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MANCHESTER — Mark Rangeley scored a game-high 20 points, and Jack Hudson added 16 points and 11 assists, but Lancashire’s comeback bid came up short in an 81-75 loss to Manchester on Sunday.

David Ulph had 14 points and nine rebounds and Connor Murtagh finished with 11 off the bench for Lancashire (7-19, 6-16 National League 1), which roared back from a 17-point deficit in the third quarter. The Spinners poured in 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the period, but shot 40 percent on the game.

The Spinners, who trailed 54-39 with 6:50 left in the third quarter, outscored Manchester 17-2 over nearly three minutes to climb within two points of Manchester. Rangeley then helped Lancashire take a 63-60 lead — its first since the score was 2-0 — by converting a 3-point play.

Lancashire scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to break 63-all tie, but Manchester, however, had an answer for each time the Spinners tried to extend their lead.

Hudson’s 3-pointer with 2:40 remaining lifted the Spinners ahead 75-73. Though Manchester finished 6-of-6 at the free throw line after Rangeley had missed an open three with 20 seconds.

Duane Morgan led Manchester with 19 points and Simon Anumba and Hamad Ali had 15 apiece.

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