MANILA The Lions held true to the saying, "King of the jungle" Tuesday with a huge comeback defeat of Trumann 55-54. Manila trailed 48-40 with two minutes remaining but refused to take the loss.
Trumann's Alex Henry scored in the lane to put the Wildcats up 48-40 but that would be their last field goal. Manila's Jordan Wise hit a trey followed by two free throws by Trumann's Clay McClung for a 50-43 score. Wise scored another trey followed by a trey from Matt Noble to pull the Lions within one 50-49 with 1:15 remaining. Adam Sloan hit two free throws for the Wildcats with Justin Kirk sinking one for Manila as Trumann held on to a two point advantage. The Lions fouled Aaron Bentley who sank one in what looked to be the game cincher with 41 seconds left in regulation play. Manila moved the ball around and found Wise open to connect on his fifth trey of the quarter to tie the game at 53 with nine seconds on the clock.
Manila's Kirk fouled Trumann's Adam Sloan with six seconds remaining. Sloan sank the first free throw but hit the back of the rim on the second for a 54-53 lead. Manila's Nate Morries drove the length of the court but was fouled by Sloan on a lay-up with 1.1 second remaining in regulation.
After a Trumann time out, Morries sank both free throws putting Manila up 55-54. The Wildcats used another timeout set up the inbound play but Henry's shot at the buzzer fell short giving Manila another close conference win.
Trumann led 10-9 after one on two free throws by Bentley. Morries opened the second quarter sinking one of two free throws to tie the game at 10. Henry sank two inside shots to put Trumann up 14-10. Manila's John Hicks hit a turn around jumper followed by a lay-up by Wise knotting the score at 14. The Wildcats scored five unanswered points followed by another turnaround shot by Hicks. Hicks sank one free shot followed by two from Noble to pull the Lions within three, 24-21 at the half.
Manila scored first in the third on a jumper by Justin Hill. Trumann answered with six straight on shots by Henry, McClung, and Jerome Thigpen to pull ahead 30-23. Trumann held on to a five to seven point lead throughout the third and posted a 40-32 third quarter advantage.
Jordan Wise led Manila with 21 points. Others scoring were: Nate Morries eight; Matt Noble eight; Justin Hill six; John Hicks five; Boo Grayson four and Justin Kirk three.
Trumann's Jerone Thigpen led all scorers with 25 points. Others scoring for the Wildcats were Jerome Thigpen nine; Aaron Bentley eight; Adam Sloan six and Clay McClung six.
The Junior Lions also squeaked by Trumann with a 34-32 win. Manila led 10-6 after one but a 11-6 second quarter by Trumann gave the Wildcats a 17-16 slim advantage at the half. Manila roared back to take a 26-24 third quarter lead and held on for the win.
Cody Wells led Manila and all scorers with 15 points. Others scoring for MJHS were Dustin Hobeck eight; P.J. Brumley four; Kyle Misner four; and Chase Shelton three.
Dustin Lampkin and Richard Nelson led Trumann with 14 and 10 points respectively. Also scoring for TJHS were Jordan Looney six and Martino Anderson two.
Cold shooting plagued Manila on Friday as they fell to Valley View 53-45. Nate Morries led MHS with 12 followed by 11 from Matt Noble. Jordan Wise added eight, John Hicks six, Justin Kirk three, Justin Hill three, and Boo Grayson scored two to round out scoring for Manila.
The Junior High Lions also fell victim to cold shooting falling to VV 46-32.
P.J. Brumley led MJHS with nine. Others scoring were: Cody Wells eight; Zac Williams six; and Chase Shelton two.