MANILA -- It was a tough week for Manila as they faced competitive opponents and missing players. The Lions fell to Rivercrest 74-64 Saturday. Sophomore Jordan Wise hit for a career high 29 points including seven treys.
The Colts outscored Manila 21-14 in the first and pushed the lead to 42-31 at the half. The Lions were one better in the third outscoring Rivercrest 21-20 for a 62-52 Colt advantage. Both teams scored 13 in the final frame as Manila couldn't get any closer than seven.
Joining Wise in double figures were Justin Hill with 15 and Matt Noble with 11. Justin Kirk added six and john Hicks scored three to round out scoring for MHS. Willie Davis led Rivercrest with 20.
"We did a good job considering the situation we went down there in," Coach Anthony Brewington said. The Lions were without starters Mitchell Gammill who had an appendectomy on Friday, and Nate Morries out due to two technicals on Friday.
Manila's Junior Lions gained another conference win with a 47-42 win over Rivercrest. Zac Williams led Manila with 16 followed by 12 from Kyle Misner and 11 by Chase Shelton. Cody Wells and Dustin Hobeck added four points each for the Lions.
Senior John Hicks hit two huge free throws with under six seconds to go into overtime giving Manila a 70-68 Conference win over Harrisburg. The Lions trailed 21-17 after one but rallied back in the second to take a 32-29 halftime advantage. Manila pushed the lead to 46-40 after three but the Hornets stung back to tie the game 59-59 at the end of regulation. Manila hit 11 of 14 free throws in overtime including Hicks' two huge ones for a 70-68 victory.
Hicks scored 11 along with four other players in double figures. Matt Noble led MHS with 14 followed by 12 each from Nate Morries and Justin Kirk. Jordan Wise added 11 for the Lions followed by Boo Grayson with four; Justin Hill three; derrick Wright two and Casey Hill one.
"We played a very physical game," Coach Brewington said. "Our kids came off the bench and did a great job."
The Junior high Lions fell to the junior high Hornets 58-37. Scoring for MJHS were Cody wells nine; Dustin Hobeck seven; P.J. Brumley six; Zac Williams five; Adam bloom three, Kyle Misner two; Danny Ward two; Hunter Veach two; and Gary Tyler one. Josh Luff led Harrisburg with 17.
"A very sloppy second quarter hurt us -- we cut into their lead but couldn't get over the hump," Coach Brewington said of Manila's 7156 loss to Gosnell. The Lions led 14-13 after one but a 25-13 second quarter gave the Pirates a 38-27 advantage. Manila cut into the lead closing in 51-43 in the third but Gosnell held on to the lead.
Nate Morries led MHS with 18 points followed by 10 from Boo Grayson. Others scoring for Manila were Jordan Wise nine; Mitchell Gammill six; Justin Kirk six; Justin Hill four; Matt Noble three. Gosnell's Dominique Battles led all scorers with 25 followed by Jeremy Parnell with 21.
The Junior Lions fell to Gosnell 42-39. P.J. Brumley led MJHS with 11. Others scoring were Cody Wells eight; Chase Shelton seven; Dustin Hobeck six; Zac Williams five and Kyle Misner two.