Manila Lions contend with area powerhouses
MANILA -- Manila returned from the holiday break to meet 3AAA North's top conference teams, Osceola and EPC.
The Lions faced conference newcomer Osceola Friday night. Despite homecoming excitement, the Lions fell 86-60. The Seminoles jumped out to a 26-11 first quarter lead before pushing the lead to 39-27 at the half. Osceola came out hot in the third outscoring Manila 23-12 to take a 62-39 advantage before continuing the journey for the win.
Senior Mitchell Gammill led the Lions with 15 points followed by 14 from Nate Morries.
Others scoring for Manila were Justin Kirk 8; Jordan Wise 6; Justin Hill 4; Casey Hill and Derrick Wright 3 each; John Hicks and Matt Noble 3 each; and Klayton Seyler 1.
Jerry Long led Osceola with 22 points followed by Terrance Marshall 13; Jerome Wilson 12; Justin Smith 11 and Charles Chalk 10.
The Junior Lions fell to the Junior Seminoles 63-29. Manila trailed 12-11 after one and 32-19 at the half. A cold third quarter plaqued the Lions as Osceola pulled ahead 46-22 before taking the win.
Jackey Parker led MJHS with 17 points. Others scoring were Codie Wells and Chase Shelton with 3 each; P.J. Brumley, Kyle Misner; and Zac Williams 2 each.
Lonnie Dabney led Osceola with 20.
Manila fell to EPC earlier in the week 62-32. The Lions were cold from the field trailing 16-5 after one and 33-16 at the half. EPC outscored Manila 15-8 in the third for a 48-24 advantage. EPC held Manila to eight points in the fourth to take the win.
Nate Morries led MHS with 11 points followed by 6 from Matt Noble. Others scoring were Justin Kirk 5; Mitchell Gammill 4; Jordan Wise 3; Justin Hill 2 and Casey Hill 1.
Marcus Monk led EPC and all scorers with 21 points followed by 11 from P.J. Lacy. Others scoring for the Warriors were Spencer Harston 8; Daniel Collins 6; Zach Patterson and A.J. Johnson 4 each; Tyrus Reel, Brandon Fortenberry, Alex McGowan, and Alan Ford 2each.
EPC pulled away in the final quarter to beat Manila 53-43. Keundye Joplin led all scorers with 31 points for EPC. Kedric Madden scored 11; Dee Hendrix added 9 and J.J. Huggins hit for 2.
Jackey Parker led Manila with 12 followed by 11 each from Codie Wells and Chase Shelton. Dustin Hobeck scored 5 and P.J. Brumley put in 4 four the Junior Lions.