Manila Lions Cinderella season comes to an end

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Some would call Manila's season's end a Cinderella season as the Lions made it to regional after upsetting number four seed Rivercrest last week. Manila made past Westside in first round action by a score of 85 - 84 after leading by 10 with a few minutes left in the fourth. Up five with 17 seconds remaining Westside hit a trey and got the ball back with .3 of a second remaining after a mix up under the Warrior's basket. Manila tightened up the defense looking for a lob into 6'7" Chance Smith. Smith got the ball and went up to shoot and was fouled by Manila's Justin Hill. Smith sank the first free throw causing Manila to think about overtime. Chance's second shot would bounce of the rim giving Manila the win.

"We have accomplished what many thought was impossible for us; we have made it to the second round of regional action," Coach Anthony Brewington said. He went on to say the boys finished the season well and he is very proud of their effort.

Junior Matt Noble led MHS with 29 points. Justin Hill added 18 followed by Jordan Wise with 17 and Cody Wells with 13. Rounding out the scoring for Manila were with four each were Derrick Wright and Jackey Parker. Westside's Chance Smith led all scores with 41 points.

Manila seemed sluggish in the second round of regional play as the Lions fell to Mountain View 61 - 42. Manila built up a 27 - 21 advantage at the half after a 13 - 13 first quarter tie. The temperature was turned down in the third as Manila could convert for only six points as Mt. View poured in 21 points to take a 42 - 36 lead from the Lions. Manila still couldn't score in the fourth as their defense intensity seemed to wane in the final frame.

Matt Noble and Jordan Wise led MHS with 10 points each with Noble grabbing eight rebounds. Justin Hill added nine points while pulling down 11 boards. Derrick Wright and Cody Wells added six each with Wells getting six rebounds. Chase Shelton added one point for the Lions. Kyle Davis led Mt. View with 17 points followed by Bo Cowan and Trey Stinnett with 12 each.

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