Manila improves to 5-2
Manila improved to 5-2 last week with big wins at Rivercrest and Gosnell.
"These are two of the biggest road wins we've had this year," Manila Coach Anthony Brewington said.
"We showed a lot of character by coming back after getting down," Brewington said after the 64-60 win over Rivercrest Tuesday.
The Lions trailed 18-9 after one and continued to trail 39-28 at the half. What looked like a all Rivercrest game took a big turn in the second half when the Lions turned up the defensive pressure.
"Our defense turned up the heat in the second to pull us back into the game," said Brewington.
Manila outscored Rivercrest 16-10 in the third to pull within five, 49-44. The Lions continued with the defensive pressure and patiently ran their offense to take a 20-11 scoring advantage in the fourth for the win.
Seniors Josh McCullough and Adam Donner led MHS with 19 and 14 respectively as Nate Morries popped in 11. Also scoring in the win were Justin Hill eight, Jacob Walker six, Ken Seyler four and Michael Tomblin two.
Rivercrest's Devin Barnes led the Colts with 14 followed by 12 from D.L. Riley, 11 from Aaron Smith and 10 from Quincy Williams.
The Junior Lions defeated the Junior Colts 47-42 despite being outmatched at every position on the floor.
"We do a lot of things right, we take care of the ball and we play tough defense," Brewington said about his junior ions.
Matt Noble led MJHS with 14, Jordan Wise added 12 and Anthony Lancaster 11 for the Lions. Others scoring were Boo Grayson seven, Jackey Parker two and Cody Wells one.
Manila - Gosnell
Manila improved to 5-2 in 3AAA Conference play with a 58-49 win over Gosnell on Friday. The Lions trailed the Pirates 14-11 after one and 29-26 at the half. Brewington said he was proud of his team.
"They never got down and we never quit. Our press got to Gosnell in the third allowing us to take a 48-41 lead," he said.
The Lions held on to the lead taking the win in the fourth.
Three players scored in double figures with Josh McCullough leading with 15, followed by Nate Mories with 13 and Jacob Walker 12. Adam Donner, Ken Seyler and Mitchell Gammill added six each.
The Junior Lions remained undefeated in conference play with a 53-52 overtime win over Gosnell. Matt Noble led MJHS with 15 followed by Jordan Wise with 14 and 10 each from Anthony Lancaster and Boo Grayson, Klayton Seyler added four in the victory.
"We were down eight but we came out with our heads up," Brewington said.
The Junior Lions missed key free throws to win in regulation play.