Manila had a full week of basketball with three tough conference games. The Lions fell to Harrisburg by one on Friday after battling for a win on Thursday against Rivercrest. The Lions faced Gosnell on Tuesday, falling by 13.
Harrisburg took advantage of the free throw line, traveling to the charity stripe 19 times and hitting 13. Manila outshot the Hornets from the field 54-44 but would only see the free shot line three times, hitting two.
Harrisburg jumped out to a 6-0 start before the Lions would come alive on a trey by Matt Noble and a bucket by Justin Hill to pull within one, 6-5. Noble tied the game with 2:16 remaining at 10. Harrisburg answered with a trey to take a 13-10 advantage. Noble took control again at the end of first quarter action, hitting a 30-foot trey to tie the game at 13.
Both teams scrambled in the second as the Lions took a 26-23 halftime advantage. The Hornets came out hot in the third as Harrisburg outscored Manila 23-13 to take a 46-39 lead. Manila fought back in the fourth, pulling within two on a conventional play by Jackey Parker. Two plays later the Lions took the lead on a steal and assist by Chase Shelton to Parker. Manila took a one point lead with 19 seconds remaining followed by Harrisburg scoring to take a one point lead with 15 seconds remaining. Manila inbounded the ball, followed by back-to-back fouls by Harrisburg giving the Hornets six team fouls for the half.
Manila was unable to connect on the final inbound play of the game as Harrisburg stole the pass to get the win. The Lions fell to 4-4 in 3AAA-South Conference play.
"We couldn't get our feet on the ground after the tough game with Rivercrest the night before," Manila's coach Anthony Brewington stated. "We scored enough to win but were flat defensively," Brewington said.
Manila was led by Matt Noble with 16 points followed by 15 from Justin Hill and 10 from Jordan Wise. Others scoring for the Lions were Jackey Parker 7, Cody Wells 4 and Derrick Wright 4. Harrisburg was led by Kyle Wigginton with 17 and Brody Heeb with 16.
Harrisburg took the junior high game 39-35. Manila held on to a slim 5-4 lead on a sluggish first quarter before taking a 1615 lead at the half. The junior Hornets tied the game at 25 in the third before pulling ahead for the win in the fourth. Freshman Zac Williams led MJHS with 14 points. Others scoring for Manila were Adam Bloom 6, Dustin Hobeck 6, Sky Morris 3, Gary Tyler 3 and Hunter Veach 2.
Manila picked up a big conference win Thursday night, defeating the Rivercrest Colts 75-73. The Lions had the hot hand in the first, jumping out to a 28-15 lead but the Colts would come back in the second as Manila held on to a 40-37 lead at the half. The Lions outscored the Colts 19-18 in the third to take a 59-55 advantage before holding on for the win.
Jordan Wise led MHS with 23 points followed by Cody Wells with 18. Matt Noble added 16 points and Justin Hill had 11 for the Lions. Derrick Wright and Chase Shelton rounded out scoring for Manila with four and three points respectively. Rivercrest's Elvis Williams led all scorers with 39 points.
"We played well offensively but didn't seem to have an answer for Elvis Williams," Brewington stated, "we shot the ball well to hold on for the win."
Rivercrest cruised to an easy 76-28 win over the junior Lions. Austin Metheny led MJHS with six points. Others scoring for Manila were Adam Bloom 5, Zac Williams 5, Dustin Hobeck 4, Joe Helton 3, Shawn Parsley 2, Hunter Hall 2 and Gary Tyler 1.
Falling to Gosnell on Tuesday, 70-57, Manila didn't seem to have an answer for Ole Miss signee Jeremy Parnell.
"We were down two with 3:12 seconds left in the game and they went on a run and we didn't have an answer for Parnell." Brewington commented.
Jordan Wise led MHS with 18 points followed by 13 from Justin Hill and 10 from Matt Noble. Others scoring for the Lions were Derrick Wright 8, Cody Wells 6, and Jackey Parker 2. Gosnell's Parnell led all scorers with 28 points.
The junior Lions struggled with the junior Pirates, falling 41-27. Dustin Hobeck led Manila with nine points followed by Hunter Veach with eight. Others scoring for Manila were Zac Williams 4, and two each from Adam Bloom, Sky Morr and Gary Tyler.