Lions upset number five seed to make Regional Tournament

Friday, February 27, 2004

Manila made it to regional action with a 77-63 upset over Rivercrest in 3AAA South District play last Tuesday.

The Lions led the Colts 22-20 after one and held a 38-35 advantage at the half. Rivercrest outscored Manila 17-10 in the third to take the lead, 52-48. It was all Manila in the fourth as the Lions used teamwork and good free throw shooting in the stretch, outscoring the Colts 2- 11 for the win. Manila hit 17 of 23 from the charity stripe and sank 10 treys.

All five starters for Manila scored in double figures to give Manila its second win of the season over Rivercrest. It was a double-double for Matt Noble, as he led his team with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Noble also took five charges on the night, keeping Rivercrest in foul trouble down the stretch. Derrick Wright also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Cody Wells scored 15 points and had four big steals and five assists followed by 14 points from Justin Hill. Jordan Wise added 11 points in the win, shaking defenders in the stretch for two big treys for the Lions. Jackey Parker and Chase Shelton rounded out the scoring for Manila with four and three points respectively.

Coach Anthony Brewington was pleased with his team's play on Tuesday. "It was a big game for us with everyone playing well, it was a whole team effort," Brewington said. He went on to say this game was probably the best Manila has played all year.

Rivercrest was led by Bennie Washington with 20 points followed by Elvis Williams with 15 and Sylvester Smith with 12. Others scoring for Rivercrest were Billy Henry 8, Trevino Brooks 6 and Justin Bailey 2.

Manila finally found their cruise control in the fourth, outscoring Trumann 26-13 to advance to quarterfinal action by defeating the Wildcats 66-50. The Lions trailed 11-10 after one as Trumann was able to hold on to a 26-23 lead at the half. Manila outscored Trumann 17-11 in the third to steal the lead from the Wildcats, 40-37, before heading into the fourth quarter. It was all Manila in the fourth as Trumann was unable to stop the Lions.

Manila was led by Cody Wells with 15 points, including four treys. Senior Justin Hill had 14 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Matt Noble with 11 points and four assists. Jordan Wise added nine points and led Manila with seven assists, five steals, and taking a charge. Derrick Wright and Jackey Parker added eight with Wright picking up four assists and a charge. Anthony Lancaster rounded out scoring for the Lions with one free throw. Manila shot well from the line, going 12 of 15 on the night.

Trumann was led by Clay McClung with 17 points followed by Jeremy Winkles with 12 and Brent Maurizi with 10. Josh Bowen added six and Kyle Beard five for the Wildcats.

The Lions fell to EPC in semifinal action on Friday, 72-23. Manila was able to hang with the Warriors in the first four minutes of play tying the game at 10 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. After an EPC time out, the Warriors came out hot, outscoring Manila 10-0 the rest of the way in the first. Manila went cold in the second as EPC took a 37-10 halftime advantage. The Lions continued to trail in the third as EPC advanced to the finals with the victory.

Manila was led by Justin Hill with eight points. Others scoring for Manila were Matt Noble 5, Randy Murray 3, Jordan Wise 2, Cody Wells 2, Jackey Parker 2 and Blake Reinhart 1.

EPC's Marcus Monk led all scorers with 22 points. Others scoring for EPC were P.J. Lacy 9, A.J. Johnson 8. Boo Collins 7, Spencer Harston 6, Brandon Sturdivant 6, Kevin Joplin 5, D. Hendrix 5, Eric Evans 4 and Kedric Madden 1.

Manila will face Jonesboro Westside at 5:30 Tuesday in regional action. The regional tournament will be held at Riverview High School in Searcy.

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