Manila knocked down seven treys and used tough defensive pressure to ease past Piggott Tuesday night 74-56. The win improved the Lions record to 5-4 overall.
Manila was first on the scoreboard with a free throw from Nate Morries. Mitchell Gammill's basket put the Lions up 3-0 in the start-up action. Piggott's James Cox scored putting the Mohawks on the board 3-2. Back to back treys by Manila's Matt Noble and Morries pushed the lead to 9-3. Piggott scored two baskets before Manila went on a 9-0 run including two more treys from Morries and Jordan Wise. Piggott's Josh Spence broke the Mohawk's cold spell to end the quarter with Manila leading 18-9.
Second quarter saw the Lions struggle from the field and committing numerous turnovers. Gammill and Morries scored baskets around Piggott's Chris Moody holding on to a 22-13 lead. The Mohawk's scored six straight points on baskets by Cox, Moody, and Jake Jones. Manila went cold from the field not scoring a basket in the remaining three minutes of play in the half. Piggott pulled within one point on a free throw by Jarred Vaughn with 1:12 remaining. Morries hit one of two and Gammill two of two free throws to give the Lions a 26-22 advantage at the half.
Third quarter seemed to be all Mitchell Gammill scoring 11 of his game high 23 points. Leading 34-27, Gammill scored Manila's next six followed by a bucket by Morries for 40-29 lead. Piggott scored to pull within nine but a free throw by Gammill and a trey from Noble pushed Manila's lead to 44-31 and the Lions never looked back.
Leading 52-37 in the opening of fourth quarter action, the Lions went on a 11-0 run to take a 63-37 lead. Piggott's Cox connected on a trey, the first for the Mohawks in the fourth. Both teams cleared the benches with everyone seeing playing time.
Manila's Mitchell Gammill scored 23 to lead all scorers. Nate Morries joined Gammill in double figures with 15. Jordan Wise and Matt Noble scored 8 each for the Lions. Others scoring for Manila were Justin Hill 5, Josh McDaniel 5, Justin Kirk 4, Boo Grayson 4 and Casey Hill 2.
James Cox and Chris Moody led Piggott with 12 and 10 respectively. Jeremy Lemmons and Jarred Vaughn scored six each followed by Drew Jett five; Josh Spence four, Joe Blascoe four; and two each from Jake Jones, Chris Wegee and Jonathan Cox.
Manila won the junior high game, 51-46. Cody Wells led all scorers with 20 points for MJHS. Dustin Hobeck followed Wells with 12. Others scoring for Manila were Jackey Parker 7, P.J. Brumley 6, Kyle Misner 3, and Zac Williams 3.
Kailyn Hoggard led Piggott with 18 followed by 12 from Trey Sutfin. Lance Conley added 8, Jeremy Cluck 6, and Craig Dollins added 2.