Lions upset Valley View for 3AAA-South title

Saturday, February 23, 2002

Trumann defeated Harrisburg, 50-43 in the opening round of the 3AAA South District Tournament at Manila. The Wildcats led 15-12 after first quarter action but the Hornets used a 15-4 second quarter to take a 27-19 halftime advantage. Harrisburg continued to hold on to a 39-33 lead heading into the final frame but a 17-4 fourth quarter by the Wildcats gave Trumann the win.

Adam Anderson led Trumann with15 followed by 12 from Barrett Harrelson. Scoring also for the Wildcats were: Alex Henry - eight; Aaron Bentley - six; Revis Kemper - seven; and Michael Henderson - two. Harrisburg was led by Stephen Easter and Brody Heeb with 12 points each to end the Hornet's season. Rounding out scoring for HHS were: Justin Jones - six; Matt Parker - five; Chris Moulder - four; David Powell - two; and Kyle Wigginton - two.

Trumann fell to third seed Rivercrest 54-50 in quarter-final action Tuesday night. The Wildcats held a 15-12 first quarter lead but the Colts went on a run late in the second to head to the locker room with a 34-24 advantage. Trumann fought back in the third to trail 41-37 before falling in the fourth.

Trumann was led by junior Aaron Bentley with 17 and Alex Henry with 15. Scoring in the match-up were: Adam Anderson - eight; Revis Kemper - seven; Barrett Harrelson - two; and Michael Henderson - one. Rivercrest was led by Brandon Love with 15 and Randy Barnes with 11.

The Colts fell to Valley View in the semi-final action 60-52. Valley View had four players in double figures to advance to the championship game: Craig Duncan - 15; Tim McNamee - 11; and Dustin Vail and Jay Yarbrough with 10 each. Kevin Barnes led Rivercrest with 18 followed by 14 from Brandon Love.

Manila escaped with a 72-64 in overtime over Gosnell to advance to the semi-final round. The Lions trailed 19-12 in the first but roared back to take a slim 33-32 halftime advantage. Both teams scrambled to a 44-44 tie in the third and neither could gain an edge in the fourth. Manila came out fired up in the extra frame to outscore the Pirates 15-7 to gain the win.

Jacob Walker led MHS with 21 points followed by Josh McCullough with 19; Adam Donner with 13; and Nate Morries with 10. Ken Seyler added six; Mitchell Gammill put in two and Michael Tomblin added one free throw in the victory. Gosnell was led by Brad Lawrence with 21, Ross Brown had 15 and Shawn Lee put in 12.

Manila picked a huge 61-60 win against the number one seeded East Poinsett County to advance to the finals. The Warriors jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on conventional three point play by Marcus Monk. Manila answered with a free throw by Josh McCullough followed by a trey from Jacob Walker to take a 4-3 lead. EPC's Cortney Brown and Zach Patterson scored back to back giving the Warriors a 7-4 lead before back to back treys from Walker tied the game at 10-10. Ken Seyler's free throw with five seconds remaining in the quarter gave the Lions a 15-14 advantage after one.

Nate Morries excited the crowd with a 27 footer followed by a steal by McCullough for a 20-14 Manila lead. Morries sank two more 25 footers for Manila around a trey and two free throws from EPC's Monk. After two more free throws from Monk, Manila put up six unanswered points to take a 32-21 lead. EPC fought back to score the last two buckets of the half allowing the Lions to enjoy a 34-27 halftime cushion.

The Warriors came out hot in the third scoring ten straight points to take a 37-34 lead. Morries answered back with another 27 footer to tie the game at 37. EPC took a five point advantage behind a short jumper by Patterson and a conventional three point play by Brown with 3:00 minutes remaining in the third. Manila used a tough defense to go on a 8-0 run and roll to a 45-42 third quarter lead.

Manila outscored EPC 11-4, in what seemed like a game winning run during the first three minutes of the final frame, and take a 56-46 lead. EPC turned the tables and scored 10 straight fueled by two treys from Brown to tie the game 56-56 with 1:40 remaining. Manila's Adam Donner and Walker hit 3 out of 4 free throws giving the Lions a 59-56 advantage with 1:02 left in action. Back to back buckets by Monk and Daniel Collins put EPC up 60-59 with 18 seconds remaining. Senior Josh McCullough moved the ball up the court looking for a golden opportunity. He spotted Nate Morries open under the goal and fed the ball for the bucket and a foul with seven seconds remaining to put Manila up 61-60. Morries missed the free shot giving EPC a last chance to steal the game. Monk drove the ball full court dishing off to Patterson whose desperation shot would not find its mark.

"We played extremely hard, we are like a well tuned machine that works well together and that allowed us to get the win," Coach Anthony Brewington stated. The win was the second time this season Manila has beaten EPC with the first win coming in the NEA.

Three players scoring in double figures for Manila were: Jacob Walker with 17; Nate Morries with 16; and Josh McCullough with12. Rounding out the scoring for MHS were: Adam Donner - eight; Mitchell Gammill - four; Michael Tomblin - three; and Ken Seyler - one.

EPC's Marcus Monk led all scorers with 25 points followed by Cortney Brown with 18. EPC's P.J. Lacy added seven; Zach Patterson put in six; and Scott Horton and Daniel Collins added two each for the Warriors.

Championship Game

In February 1998 a junior Manila Lions team, seeded third, upset Valley View in semifinal action to face Rivercrest in the finals of the district tournament. The Lions upset the Colts to take the district championship. Now, fast forward to February 2002; the same group of players defeat number one seed EPC to meet the number two seed Valley View (EPC & VV tied for conference champs) in the finals of the district tournament. Manila looked like a blast from the past when they upset Valley View 53-50 to pick up the District Championship.

Manila controlled the game holding the lead for the entire matchup except for a ten second window in the third quarter. "We kept Valley View off rhythm by changing our defense," Coach Anthony Brewington said, "we switched back and forth from our usual man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone." The Lions held VV to eight first quarter points scoring 15 of their own. Twelve of those points came from treys from Jacob Walker, Adam Donner, and Nate Morries.

A run by the Blazers pulled them within two, 17-15, before Manila scored five to end the half. The Lions held on to the lead mixing up the defense and keeping the Blazers off their mark. Manila headed to the locker room with a 22-15 advantage.

Manila pushed their lead to 27-22 before Valley View would score six straight to their only lead of the game, 28-27 with 2:00 minutes remaining in the third. Manila's Adam Donner answered with a trey ten seconds later to put the Lions back up 30-28. With three seconds remaining McCullough headed for the basket scoring on a lay up and picking up the foul. Manila hit the ball out of bounds on the rebound with :01.7 seconds remaining. Senior Lion Jacob Walker picked off the inbounds pass and shot the ball back over his head to score an amazing basket to put Manila up 36-31 after three.

McCullough's trey from the corner pushed the Lion advantage to 39-33 early in the fourth. Valley View was unable to score on offense and had to resort to fouling to stop the clock and send the Lions to the line. "Free throws fell for us in the end with Josh (McCullough) hitting six of eight in the last minute and a half of play," Brewington commented.

Senior Josh McCullough led MHS with 20 points along with Adam Donner's and Jacob Walker's 12 points each. Junior Nate Morries added five followed by four from senior Ken Seyler. Valley View was led by Steven Spencer with 17 followed by 14 from Matt Lee.

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