Manila at .500 in South 3 AAA Conference play
Manila fell to 6-6 in conference play with losses to EPC and Rivercrest last week. The Lions faced the undefeated Warriors on Friday, falling 92-57. Manila came out cold in the first quarter as EPC was able to gain a 32-6 first quarter lead. It looked to be a complete shutout for the Lions but Manila came alive in the second and played hard the remaining quarters of the game.
The Lions outscored EPC 21-20 in the second as the Warriors held a 52-27 lead at the half. EPC outscored Manila 25-15 in the second continuing to dominate 77-42. Manila was able to score point for point with the Warriors in the fourth as EPC remained undefeated in conference play.
Junior Jordan Wise led Manila with 14 points followed by 13 each from senior Justin Hill and junior Matt Noble. Others scoring for the Lions were P.J. Brumley 6, Chase Shelton 5, Cody Wells 4 and Derrick Wright 2.
EPC was led by Boo Collins with 18 points followed by a 17-point performance from Marcus Monk, who was returning from illness. Kevin Joplin scored 14 for the Warriors, with P.J. Lacy and A.J. Johnson adding 13 each, followed by 12 from Kedric Madden.
EPC held on to win in the junior high contest by defeating the junior Lions 38-35. Leading 8-6 after one, EPC was able to hold on to a 16-11 halftime advantage in a slow-paced game plagued by turnovers from both squads. The Junior Lions pulled within three in the third as EPC led 24-21. Both teams scored 14 in the final frame as EPC held on for the victory.
Manila was led by freshman Zac Williams with 12 points. Others scoring for Manila were Dustin Hobeck 6, Sky Morris 6, Adam Bloom 4, Hunter Veach 4, Gary Tyler 3. Huggins led EPC with 10 points.
Rivercrest avenged an earlier loss to the Lions by defeating Manila 84-69. Manila came out hot in the first, outscoring the Colts 26-14. Rivercrest stampeded back in the second, outscoring MHS 24-15 to pull within three as Manila held on to a 41-38 advantage. Rivercrest used a tough inside game as they continued to roll in the third, outscoring Manila 24-11 to take a 62-52 lead. The Colts used offensive rebounding to hold on for the conference win.
Manila was led by Justin Hill with 18 points, followed by Matt Noble with 18. Sophomores Cody Wells and Derrick Wright added 13 and 10 points respectively for the 6-6 Lions. Also scoring for Manila were Jordan Wise 6 and Chase Shelton 3.
Sylvester Smith led RHS with 27 points, followed by 26 from Elvis Williams and Trevino Brooks with 11.
The Junior Colts defeated the Junior Lions, 60-31, in the first game of the night. Manila trailed 15-9 after one and 29-21 at the half. The Lions came out cold in the second half as Rivercrest outscored Manila 16-6 in the second to push their advantage to 45-27 before taking the win in the fourth.
Manila was led by Dustin Hobeck with 14 points. Others scoring for MJHS were Zac Williams 8, Adam Bloom 7 and Joe Helton 2. Rivercrest was led by Kedtrick Thomas with 14.