(Town Crier photo/ Jamie Hicks)
The Lions jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first on a conventional three point play by Ken Seyler, a trey by Adam Donner, and a jumper by Mitchell Gammill. Trumann scored in the paint followed by a trey from Manila's Walker. The Lions continued to roll on baskets by Walker, Gammill and Donner to take a 21-12 first quarter advantage.
Trumann scored back to back to open the second quarter before Gammill, McCullough and Walker scored seven straight to lead the Wildcats 29-18. Michael Tomblin's jumper put the Lions up 32-20 when Walker sank two free throws on a technical called on Trumann's Aaron Bentley. Josh McCullough's steal and pass to Tomblin followed by baskets from Walker and McCullough gave the Lions a 40-22 halftime score.
Trumann scored seven unanswered points to start the second half to pull within 11, 40-29. Walker's show time started as he scored nine straight. McCullough sank two free throws to give Manila 51-29 lead with four seconds remaining in the third.
Walker continued to roll to open the final frame with a trey followed by buckets from Tomblin and Seyler for a 58-43 Manila lead. Trumann fought back pulling within six with 1:25 left. Seyler answered with a basket followed by a lay-up by Walker to give the Lions the win.
Seyler followed Walker with nine points along with seven each from Josh McCullough, Adam Donner, Michael Tomblin and Mitchell Gammill. Adam Anderson led Trumann with 17 followed by 16 from Aaron Bentley and 11 from Barrett Harrelson.
The Junior Lions remained undefeated (9-0) in conference play and 20-5 overall with a 48-35 win over Trumann. Manila trailed 6-5 after one but used a 14-4 second quarter to take a 19-10 halftime advantage. Both teams scored 11 in the third as the Lions held on to a 30-21 lead before taking the win in the fourth.
Matt Noble led MJHS with 21 points. Others scoring in the win were Anthony Lancaster eight, Boo Grayson six, Jackey Parker six, Jordan Wise five and Nathan Sammons two.