(Town Crier photo/Jamie Hicks)
First quarter action was a back and forth game as there were eight lead changes in the frame. BIC opened up action on a shot by Derek Rolland before a trey by Manila's Chase Shelton gave Manila the 3-2 advantage.
The game traveled back and forth for the next five minutes until the 2:19 mark when the Mustangs took a 12-9 lead on a conventional three point play by Brandon Ballard. BIC never looked back or relinquished the lead.
Manila's Derrick Wright pulled the Lions within one, 12-11, but could not get control of the scoreboard throughout the quarter.
BIC's Ballard opened the second frame with a bucket to put the Mustangs up 21-15. A trey by Ballard gave BIC its largest lead of the game 24-17 before Manila's Shelton hit his second trey of the game pulling the Lions within four 24-20. Manila's aggressiveness paid off for the Mustangs as they hit three of four free throws followed by a bucket by Brooks Taylor
go give BIC a 29-20 advantage. Matt Noble sank two free throws for Manila and picked up his third foul sending BIC's Hunter Smith to the line to hit one of two for a 34-24 BIC lead. A bucket by Ballard and two free throws by Taylor gave BIC a fourteen point lead before Manila went four for four from the line on free throws by Wright and P.J. Brumley. Taylor sank a three at the buzzer to give BIC a 41-28 lead.
"Brooks three to end the half was a dagger that was the turning point of the game," Coach Brewington stated.
Third quarter action started with BIC's Cord Rose converting on a conventional three point play putting BIC up 43-28. Shelton hit his third trey of the night pulling the Lions within 13 and it was all BIC from then on. Taylor sank two back to back treys followed by a bucket putting the Mustangs up 52-31. Manila's Jordan Wise sank two free throws before Josh Nettles sank two treys for a 58 - 33 BIC lead.
Manila's bench checked in at the 3:49 mark to face BIC's starting lineup. Manila ended the quarter scoring seven straight points on a bucket by P.J. Brumley, two free throws by Gary Tyler, and a trey by Randy Murray.
BIC started the fourth quarter off by returning the starters to the floor with a full court press and outscored Manila's bench 16-3 with Manila's Dustin Hobeck sinking a trey for a BIC 76-45 advantage. Tyler sank a three point play followed by a basket by BIC's Eric Wallace for a 78-48 Mustang lead. Manila's Hunter Veach and Austin Metheny hit back to back treys followed by a bucket by BIC's Terry Roach for a final score of 80-54.
BIC's Brandon Ballard stated, "We knew it was going to be tough here tonight, Manila has a great team and our defense really stepped up tonight." Ballard went on to say he was really proud of everyone.
Manila Coach Anthony Brewington felt his team didn't play their best on either end of the floor. "We are a better team than played here tonight," Brewington stated.
BIC was led by Brooks Taylor with 26 points followed by Brandon Ballard with 15 and Cord Rose with 10. Others scoring for the Mustangs were: Hunter Smith - nine; Derek Rolland - six; Josh Nettles - six; Garrett Qualls - four; Eric Wallace - two; and Terry Roach - two.
Manila's Derrick Wright led his team with 12 points. Also scoring in the game were: Chase Shelton - nine; P.J. Brumley - six; Matt Noble - six; Gary Tyler - five; Randy Murray, Dustin Hobeck, Austin Metheny, and Hunter Veach - three points each; and Jordan Wise and Cody Wells two points each.
BIC also won the junior high game 59-50. The Mustangs led 11 - 10 after one and held on to a 24-20 advantage at the half. BIC pushed the lead to 38 - 29 after three before getting the win.
BIC was led by Jordan Griggs with 28 followed by Shane Barnes with 13 and Nathan Perrin with 10. Also scoring for BIC were: Trevor Matheny - five and Cody Smith - three.
Manila was led by Rickey Langston with 21 and Ross Malloy with 10. Also scoring for MJHS were: Tony Benham with nine; Chad Nunnally with six; and Trey McCormick with four.
Manila - Bay
Manila's Cody Wells and Jordan Wise combined for 50 points to lead the Lions in a 71 - 63 win over Bay on Tuesday. Wells came alive in the match up to lead Manila with 27 points followed by Wise with 21. Matt Noble also scored in double figures with 11. Jackey Parker added eight and Derrick Wright two in the win.
Manila led Bay 18-14 after one and held on to a 31-28 lead at the break. In a fast paced third quarter the Lions pushed their lead to 54-48 before taking the win in the fourth.
Bay was led by Derek McMasters with 20 followed by Will Scott with 18 and Justin Hutchison with 14. Bart Hogan added 3 for the Yellowjackets.
Manila also defeated Bay 44-27 in the junior high game. The Lions were led by Rickey Langston with 17 and Tony Benham with 13. Others scoring for MJHS were: Ross Malloy - seven; Chad Nunnally - four; Michael Shedd - two; and J.T. Short - one.