Manila picked up two big wins last week in 3-AAA conference play, defeating Valley View 79-74 on Friday and Trumann 47-41 on Tuesday.
The Lions hosted the Blazers on Friday, improving to 6-4 in conference play with the win. Manila jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead and pushed the advantage to 38-28 at the half. It looked as if the Lions would put the game away with a 55-39 lead in the third. Valley View came back in the fourth to outscore the Lions 35-24 but Manila was able to get the win.
"We never really put the game away like we should have," Manila coach Anthony Brewington said. "We turned the ball over four times in a row on the press but we hit 12 of 12 free throws in the final quarter to get the win."
Five players scored in double figures for the Lions -- Jordan Wise 19, Cody Wells 16, Matt Noble 15, Justin Hill 14 and Derrick Wright 11. Jackey Parker and Anthony Lancaster both added two points in the win. Valley View was led by Josh King with 20. Also in double figures for VV were Ryan Mills 16, Brett Williamson 15 and Drew Moss 14.
Manila's Junior Lions picked up their first conference win on the season, defeating the Junior Blazers, 52-35. Trailing 11-7 after one, Manila came back in the second to take a 21-20 advantage. The Lions continued to dominate in the second half using a 35-28 third quarter lead to gain the first win.
The Junior Lions were led by Zac Williams with 20 points, followed by 10 each from Dustin Hobeck and Hunter Veach. Others scoring for MJHS were Sky Morris 6, Gary Tyler 4 and Shawn Parsley 2.
Manila pulled off a conference win over Trumann, 47-41, on Tuesday. Trumann slowed the pace down, taking an 11-10 first quarter lead before Manila tied the game at 25 at the half. The Lions outscored the Wildcats 11-8 in the third and fourth to get the win. "They slowed the game down taking us out of our game," Brewington commented. "Senior Justin Hill played extremely well to get us over the top," Brewington went on to say.
Hill led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Matt Noble with 15. Others scoring for MHS were Cody Wells 5, Jordan Wise 3, Chase Shelton 3 and Derrick Wright 2. Jeremy Winkles and Clay McClung led Trumann with 13 and 12 respectively.
The Junior Wildcats defeated the Junior Lions, 58 - 47. Gary Tyler led Manila with 12 points followed by 11 points each from Zac Williams and Hunter Veach. Dustin Hobeck added nine and Joe Ward put in four for the Lions. Richard Nelson led Trumann with 18, followed by Dustin Jones with 12 and Kyle Barker with 11.