McRae scored in the lane on an assist by Hadley and two Evan Ohman free throws later gave the Kings their biggest lead of the game at 52-37 with 6:26 remaining. Manchester never got any closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Senior guard Claudel Dickantone provided most of the Squires offense with 33 points. He was 12 of 25 from the field, 4 of 9 from 3 and added six rebounds.
“He’s a tough player,” Keisling said. “I had never seen him play before so I was interested to see how good he was and he’s a solid player. He’s got a bright future.”
Clayton Petrie, a 6-foot-3 senior, added eight points and six boards for Manchester. Chase Fierstos was 2 of 3 from 3 for six points.
Hadley had 14 points and three assists for Cass. Owen Ohman had 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting and added four rebounds and three steals. Evan Ohman scored nine points off the bench. Ryan Bixler added four points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Cass coach Jon Kitchel was happy to come away with a win against a Manchester squad that recorded its most wins since 1998.
“It was a battle. Eric’s teams are so well coached,” he said. “We’d seen them play two or three times and defensively they don’t make many mistakes. But I’ll take our strength and quickness out front with the guards and I think that was the difference in the game. We were able to get to the basket and get them in foul trouble and then get to the free-throw line. We didn’t shoot free throws as well as we normally do (26 for 39, 66.7 percent) but we shot well enough.”
The Kings face another squad they haven’t played yet this season, Oak Hill, tonight for the sectional title. Oak Hill knocked off two-time defending champ Northfield 66-46 on Friday.
“They’re going to be a team that gets right in your face and they want to win this sectional and cut the nets down as bad as we do,” Kitchel said. “So if we think it’s over than we’ll get a big surprise [tonight].”