JONESBORO The Manila boys and girls basketball teams were both eliminated in their first round games this past week at the NEA tournament in Jonesboro.
Last Saturday the senior Lions fell to Rivercrest, 73-52, after holding a 15-13 first quarter lead. The Colt offense exploded for 25 points in the second quarter while the defense held the Lions to seven points.
Rivercrest outscored Manila 14-11 and 21-19 in the third and fourth quarters, respectively, in the win.
Nate Morries led Manila in the effort with a game-high 21 points. Mitchell Gammill, Justin Hill and Chris Daniel added 6 points each with Jordan Wise and Boo Grayson tossing in 5. Matt Noble finished the contest with 3.
D.L. Riley paced Rivercrest with 18. Willie Davis added 14.
In girls action, Highland used a 15-6 fourth quarter to break a 31-31 third quarter tie to post a 46-37 win Monday morning.
Marilou Perez led Manila in scoring with 15. Michelle Eubanks and Natalie Tippy each chipped in 8 points. Deborah White notched 4 with Christina Lester contributing 2.
Allyson Sample led Highland with 22.
In junior high play last Friday, the Paragould Rams opened with a 11-2 first quarter en route to a 40-35 win last Friday night.
Codie Wells led the junior Lions with 11 points followed by Jackey Parker and Kyle Misner with 8 each. P.J. Brumley and Zac Williams contributed with 2 apiece.
Ryan Reely led Paragould with 15.
The junior Lions picked up a win Monday night with a 51-44 victory over Trumann.
Brumley and Wells each netted 12 points for Manila in the win. Parker added 11 with Misner tossing in 8. Chase Shelton put 3 in the books with Dustin Hoebeck and Zac Williams adding 2. Austin Metheny tallied 1.
For Trumann, Richard Nelson led with 19 points followed by Dustin Jones with 9. Dustin Lampkin and Martin Anderson each tossed in 6. Jordan Looney and Cody Staats each notched 2.