(Town Crier photo/Jamie Hicks)
Manila opened up action on Friday with a 82-75 win over GCT. The Lions trailed the Eagles 15-9 after one. Both teams turned up the heat in the second as Manila outscored GCT 30-27 to pull within three at the half, 42-39.
Manila turned up the defensive pressure in the third to take the advantage 61-57 heading into the final frame. Continuing with the pressure the Lions insured the first win of the Classic. "We shot the ball well and our defense really stepped up in the second half," Coach Anthony Brewington stated. "GCT will definitely be in the top three or four of their conference; they were much bigger and stronger than we were but we overcame that to get the win."
Jordan Wise led Manila with 30 points followed by Cody Wells with 29. Senior Matt Noble added 12 along with nine rebounds. Rounding out scoring for MHS were: Jackey Parker - five; Derrick Wright, P.J. Brumley, and Chase Shelton - two points each. GCT was led by Josh Turner with 22; Jason Church with 16; Kirk Porter with 14; and Eric Williams with 10.
Despite playing at 10:30 in the morning on Saturday the Lions shot well enough to get a 94-87 over a very athletic Parkin. Parkin led Manila 27-26 in the first quarter before the Lions took a 40-33 advantage at the half. Manila continued to turn up the offensive heat in the second half to grab their second win of the Classic.
"Defensively we did not play well, but we shot the ball extremely well hitting 15 three pointers in the win," Brewington said. He went on to say that Parkin was more athletic and "we couldn't stop their dribble penetration; they also killed us on the boards."
Cody Wells led Manila with 28 points hitting nine treys in the win. Jordan Wise added 20 along with Derrick Wright's 16 and Chase Shelton's 12. Matt Noble added nine points and had nine of Manila's assists for the game. Jackey Parker added seven and P.J. Brumley two for the Lions.
Manila picked up the Classic championship with an 85-57 win over Armorel. The Lions outscored the Tigers 20-14 in the first and extended the advantage to 40-31 at the half. Armorel continued to hang around in the third as Manila led 55-45. The Lions turned up the heat and wore the Tigers down in the fourth outscoring Armorel 30-12 to get the big win.
"It was a 10 point game heading into the fourth but we turned up our press and wore them down to get the win," Brewington said.
Manila's Matt Noble picked up a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds along with his seven assists. Jordan Wise followed with 20 and Cody Wells added 11 for the Lions. Others scoring for MHS were: Adam Bloom - six; Derrick Wright, Jackey Parker, Chase Shelton - four points each; Austin Metheny - three; Randy Murray, P.J.Brumley, Kyle Misner, and Hunter Veach - two points each; and Zac Williams - one. Armorel was led by Blake Wyatt with 14; Tyler Brooks 12; and Keith Cassidy with 10.
Manila defeated Viola on Tuesday 61-52. Knotted at 14 after one, Viola outscored the Lions 16-10 in the second to take a 30-24 advantage at the half. Viola continued to dominate in the third pushing the lead to ten, 45-35. The Lions fired things up in the fourth using full court
pressure to outscore the Longhorns 26-7 to get the win.
Senior Jordan Wise led MHS with 24 points followed by Cody Wells with 15. Others scoring in the win were: Chase Shelton - eight; Matt Noble - six; Derrick Wright - six; and Jackey Parker - two. Leading Viola was Corey Batterton with 14.
The Lions will travel to Marianna on Tuesday and host Gosnell on Friday to open 3AAA conference play.