Manila faced two of its toughest conference adversaries, falling to the East Poinsett County Warriors and the Osceola Seminoles.
The Lions faced Osceola on Friday, losing to the Seminoles 83-60. Manila fought hard for three and a half quarters, but Osceola wore down the Lions to get the conference win. The Seminoles led 18-12 after one but the Lions came back in the second to pull within three at the half 35-32. Both teams fought hard in the third as Osceola took a 58-51 advantage. Manila was aggressive in the first half of the fourth but was unable to hold off Osceola's athleticism.
Jordan Wise led MHS with 25 points followed by Cody Wells with 13 points. Others scoring for the Lions were Matt Noble 9, Justin Hill 8 and Derrick Wright 5. Osceola placed five players in double figures, led by Jerome Wilson with 17 followed by Andre Reed and Darrius Harris with 15 each. Dustin Lewis added 13 for the Seminoles.
Osceola dominated the junior high matchup, defeating the junior Lions 77-43. Osceola led 17-5 after one and pushed the lead to 35-24 at the half. Manila fought in the third as Osceola held on to a 49-36 advantage before taking the win.
Manila was led by Dustin Hobeck with 12 points. Others scoring for the Lions were Adam Bloom 9, Zac Williams 6 Hunter Veach 5, Austin Metheny 4, Ross Malloy 3 Shawn Parsley 2 and Chris Bell 2. Osceola's Cam Baker led all scorers with 30 points.
Manila faced conference leaders EPC on Tuesday, falling to the Warriors 74-37. Manila played with the Warriors in the first quarter, trailing 18-12 after one, before a 28-4 second quarter put EPC on top 46-16. EPC cruised on for a 67-25 lead after three before claiming the conference win.
Manila was led by Justin Hill with 11 points. Others scoring for MHS were P.J. Brumley 6, Jordan Wise 5, Cody Wells 5, Matt Noble 4 and two each from Randy Murray, Jackey Parker and Blake Reinhart. EPC was led by Boo Collins and Marcus Monk with 20 points each. Kevin Joplin and Spencer Harston followed by with 11 and 10 points each.
Manila lost the junior high game 43-28. Dustin Hobeck led MJHS with eight points. Others scoring for the junior Lions were Adam Bloom 5, Zac Williams 4, Austin Metheny 4, Hunter Veach 2, Shawn Parsley 2, Devin Wright 2, and Chris Bell 1. EPC was led by Hardin with 16 and Huggins with 11.