Lions finish fifth in 3AAA South Conference

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Manila fell twice this week to end conference play with a 6-8 record. The Lions had tough losses to Osceola on Tuesday and Gosnell on Friday. Manila finished fifth in conference rankings and will face Trumann in first round action of district play at Rivercrest at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16..

The Lions came out hot in the first half jumping on Osceola 17-12 in the first and outscoring the Seminoles 22-11 in the second to take a 39-23 advantage at the half. Manila came out cold in the second half as Osceola was red hot and fired up. "We played a great first half both offensively and defensively," Manila coach Anthony Brewington said. "We just didn't shoot well in the second half." The Lions fell to Osceola 70-48.

Senior Justin Hill led the Lions with 16 points, followed by 10 from Derrick Wright. Others scoring for Manila were Jordan Wise 9, Matt Noble 6, Cody Wells 4, Kyle Misner 2 and Anthony Lancaster 1. The Seminoles were led by Darrius Harris with 18, Jerome Wilson with 13 and Andre Reed with 10.

The Junior Lions fell to Osceola, 48-32. Scoring for Manila were Adam Bloom 8, Zac Williams 7, Dustin Hobeck 4, Gary Tyler 4, Hunter Veach 3, Chad Nunnally 3, Rickey Langston 2 and Hunter Hall 1. Fred Hill led OJHS with 11 points, followed by Michael Davis with 10.

The Lions fell to Gosnell on Friday, 74-63. Gosnell jumped out to a 14-6 first-quarter advantage. Despite lopsided free throw shooting in the first half, Manila came back in the second, outscoring the Pirates 22-19 to pull within five, 33-28. The Lions pulled closer in the third, by outscoring Gosnell 20-18 for a 51-48 Pirate lead. Gosnell's Jermey Parnell proved too much in the fourth as Gosnell took the conference win.

"We just didn't have an answer to Gosnell's Jeremy Parnell," Brewington said. The Ole Miss signee led all scorers with 32 points.

Manila was led by sophomore Cody Wells with 17, followed by junior Jordan Wise with 16 points. Derrick Wright added 10 and Matt Noble had 11 for the Lions. Justin Hill put in seven and Jackey Parker had two to round out scoring for the Lions.

The Junior Lions lost to the junior Pirates, 38 -32, in the first game of the night. Dustin Hobeck led MJHS with 10. Others scoring for Manila were Adam Bloom 6, Hunter Veach 4, and three each from Sky Morris, Zac Williams, Gary Tyler and Joe Ward.

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