The Lion didn't sleep in the jungle Friday night as Manila fought a hard fought battle. Buffalo Island Central may have come out ahead on the scoreboard but the game had a different tone. BIC was looking to take another easy win from Manila but the Lions used a tough defensive game to give the Mustangs all they could handle. BIC used hot free shot shooting in the final seconds to take the win 58-55.
Manila jumped out to a 8-2 lead on a basket and trey from Jordan Wise and a conventional three point play from Nate Morries. BIC's Brandon Ballard scored an easy lay-up after a steal and a basket by Cal Rose to pull within two, 8-6. Wise picked up another basket for a 10-6 Manila lead followed by a trey by BIC's Mark Hawkins pulling the Mustangs within one 10-9.
Boo Grayson picked up back-to-back baskets giving the Lions a 14-10 first quarter advantage.
Morries opened second quarter action with along trey for Manila only to be answered by a trey from BIC's Hawkins. Mitchell Gammill scored Manila's next five points for a Lion lead 22-19. Manila sent BIC to the line eight times with the Mustang's hitting five to take their first lead with2:45 remaining in the half 24-22. Neither team could penetrate the others ' defense leaving the score at 24-22 with BIC holding on to the narrow lead.
Manila's Justin Kirk opened the second half with a trey followed by a free throw from Gammill as the Lions took the lead back in the first minute. Tied 30-30, BIC scored seven unanswered points on baskets by Josh Shepard, Brooks Taylor, and Ballard. Kirk scored from the land followed by a basket by Justin Hill to end the quarter with BIC taking a 39-34 advantage.
Manila tied the game with 6:04 remaining and took a 41-39 lead on two free throws from Gammill. Bic's Ballard hit three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt, followed by a trey from Rose giving the Mustangs a 45-41 lead. Mark Teguns scored a trey and a basket around a basket from Manila's Gammill to give BIC a 50-47 lead with 1:10 remaining. BIC looked to take the win but a steal by Wise pulled the Lions within one 50-49 with 1:06 left. BIC took a 53-49 lead hitting three of four free throws with :43 seconds remaining. Two costly turnovers by Manila left the Lions no choice but to foul sending BIC back to the line to hit three of four taking a 56-49 advantage. Not ready to lay down, Morries knocked down a trey pulling within 56-52 with six seconds remaining. BIC's Ballard sealed the win with two free throws before Kirk sand a trey at the buzzer for a 58-55 score.
"We did a good job on Ballard holding him to three field goals," Manila Coach Anthony Brewington said. "We have gotten a lot better, we saw that we can play with one of the better teams in Arkansas," he went on to say.
BIC's Brandon Ballard led all scorers with 17 followed by 10 each from Cal Rose and Brooks Taylor. Rounding out scoring for BIC were Mark Teguns 8; Josh Shepard 8; and Mark Hawkins 5.
Four players scoring in double figures for Manila were Nate Morries and Jordan Wise 10 points each; Mitchell Gammill 12 and Justin Kirk 11. Boo Grayson's four points and Justin Hill's two points rounded out scoring for Manila.
BIC also won the junior high game 63-24. Cord Rose led BIC with 21 points followed by 14 from Derek Rolland. Others scoring were Larry Reed 9; Hunter Smith 8; Eric Wallace 4; Daniel Carpenter 3; Jordan Griggs 2; and Chris Deeds 2.
Dustin Hobeck led MJHS with 14 points. Others scoring for Manila were Jackey Parker 7; Kyle Misner 6; Anthony Cavazos 2; Adam Bloom 2; and Gary Tyler 1.
Manila Senior High Boys blew a 24-19 first half lead falling to Crawfordsville 64-57. The Tigers outscored the Lions 25-12 in the third to take a 44-36 lead. Manila pulled within one in the last minute but three consecutive turnovers pushed Crawfordsville lead to seven for the win.
Jordan Wise led Manila with 17 points. Joining Wise in double figures were Mitchell Gammill 13; Justin Kirk 11; and Nate Morries 10. Boo Grayson scored four and Justin Hill had two to round out scoring.
Manila fell in the junior high match-up 59-28. Scoring for Manila were Chase Shelton 8; P.J. Brumley 5; Anthony Cavazos 4; Dustin Hobeck 3; B.J. Stone 3; Jackey Parker 2; Sky Morris 2; Danny Ward 1.