PEORIA — The evening began on a down note when Normal Community High School's C.J. Wilbourn was injured attempting to take a charge on the game's opening play.
It didn't get much better the rest of the way for the Ironmen, who dropped a 52-47 Big 12 Conference decision to Peoria Manual on Friday night.
"It was an all-around really bad night," said NCHS coach Dave Witzig, after seeing the Ironmen fall to 17-6 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 Conference play.
NCHS was able to open a 10-point third quarter advantage before the bottom fell out.
"From that point, we just had a lot of turnovers and poor decision making," Witzig said. "Peoria Manual got us to play their game and it's hard to play Peoria Manual style basketball at Normal Community."
The Ironmen still led 36-35 heading into the final frame, before Manual won the fourth quarter 17-11 to snatch the win and improve to 6-12 overall while evening their Big 12 mark at 4-4.
Daylen Boddie led NCHS with 12 points. Jakari Robertson led Manual with 17 points and Deonta Brown had 11.