(Town Crier Sports Photo/Roger Hardin)
Ballard scored BIC's first four points before Manila's Matt Noble scored Manila's first eight points hitting a trey, basket, and a conventional three point play to put the Lions up 8-4 with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter of action. Ballard scored for BIC followed by a trey form the Lions' Nate Morries. BIC scored the last two times down the floor to tie the score 11-11 at the end of first quarter action.
BIC scored five straight points to open the second quarter taking a 16-11 lead. Manila's Mitchell Gammill hit one of two free throws with 5:34 remaining pulling within four of the Mustangs. Ballard scored five on a basket and trey giving BIC a 21-12 lead. Gammill followed with an inside jumper pulling the Lions within seven, the closest they would get for the remainder of the match-up. Ballard went on to score back-to-back baskets pushing the Mustang lead to 26-14. Noble scored on a lay-up before BIC answered with baskets from Brett Sexton and Mark Teguns. BIC enjoyed a comfortable 30-16 lead at the half.
Manila's John Hicks picked up an easy basket and hit one of two free throws to pull the Lions within 32-19. BIC continued to roll putting 11 straight points on the board giving the Mustangs a 43-21 lead. The Lions came back to outscore BIC 7-1 to end third quarter action. The Mustangs held on to a 45-28 lead.
Sexton scored to open fourth quarter action for the Mustangs followed by two free throws from Josh Sheppard giving BIC a 49-28 cushion. Manila's Boo Grayson scored followed by a basket by Noble cutting BIC's lead to 18, 50-32. BIC proved too much for the Lions to handle as the Mustangs hung on for a 66-41 victory.
Joining Ballard in double figures were Cal Rose and Mark Teguns with 12 points each. Others scoring in the match-up for the Mustangs were Josh Sheppard 5; Brett Sexton 4; Mark Hawkins 3.
Sophomore Matt Noble led Manila with 18 points.
"We played pretty hard the first quarter and it went down hill after that," Noble said. Senior Mitchell Gammill joined Noble in double figures with 10 points. Others scoring in the effort were John Hicks 4; Nate Morries 3; Boo Grayson and Josh McDaniel 2 each and Justin Hill and Jordan Wise one point each.
BIC also dominated the junior high game defeating the Junior Lions 66-39. The Junior Mustangs jumped out to a 26-8 first quarter lead and pushed their lead to 47-22 at the half. BIC continued to roll to a 64-30 lead in the third and took the win in the final frame.
Cord Rose led all scorers with 26 points followed by 20 from Brooks Taylor. Scoring in the victory were Lance Davis 6, Eric Wallace 4, Larry Reed 4, Hunter Smith 2, Derek Rolland 2, and Justin Atchley 2.
Kyle Misner led Manila with nine points. Others scoring for MJHS were Jackey Parker 6, Anthony Cavazos 5, Zac Williams 5, Chase Shelton 4, Dustin Hoebeck 4, Adam Bloom 3, P.J. Brumley 2, and Danny Ward 1.