Lions fall in Conference openers

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Manila fell in a heated contest with the Gosnell Pirates Friday night falling 85-81. The Lions were unable to overcome the Pirates athleticism and hot hand shooting of Dominque Battles. Manila jumped out to a 22-14 lead in the first and held on to a 39-31 advantage at the half.

Gosnell outscored Manila 23-21 in the third to pull within five 59-54. Battles took over in the fourth as the Pirates used a 31-22 quarter to get the conference win. The loss drops Manila to 10-3 overall and 0-2 in 3AAA South Conference play.

Manila was led by Cody Wells with 27 points followed by Jordan Wise with 23 and Matt Noble with 18. Chase Shelton added nine and Derrick Wright four in the loss. Battles picked up a game high 32 points and Byron Thompson added 26 to lead Gosnell.

Manila also dropped the junior high game falling to Gosnell 43-20. Tied at six after one the Pirates pulled ahead of Manila 14-10 at the half. It didn't take the Pirates long to heat up in the third as they outscored the Lions 15-8 to take a 29-18 advantage before getting the conference win in the fourth. The junior Lions fell to 1-1 in conference play.

Scoring for the Lions were: Ross Malloy five; Chad Nunnally four; Trey McCormick three; Tony Benham two; Jace Elkins two; Rickey Langston two; Dustin Terry two.

The Lions opened conference play Tuesday facing the newly added Marianna. Manila trailed 25-23 after one and continued to trail 51-40. Marianna came out pressing in the third as the Lions went cold from the field and fell further behind as Marianna outscored Manila 34-13 to take an 85-53

advantage. Manila couldn't break the press in the fourth falling to Marianna 97-55.

Manila was led by Jordan Wise with 16 followed by Matt Noble with 13. Others scoring for MHS were: Derrick Wright nine; Cody Wells nine; and Jackey Parker eight. Marianna's Chanin Hardin led all scorers with 31 followed by Harvey Nash with 14 and Desmond Sims with 13.

Manila's junior Lions improved to 7-4 overall and picked up the win in their conference opener defeating Marianna 49-46. Manila took advantage of the free throw line sinking 30 of 44 free shots. After a 13-9 first quarter lead by the junior Lions Marianna outscored Manila 19-9 in the

second taking a 28-22 lead from the Lions at the half. Marianna led 38-31 heading into the fourth before Manila outscored Marianna 18-8 in the final frame to get the conference opener.

Rickey Langston led MJHS with 17 points followed by 16 from Ross Malloy and 12 from Tony Benham. Chad Nunnally rounded out scoring for Manila with four. Fred Sims and Tyrone Gardner led Marianna with 13 and 12 points respectively.

The junior Lions will play in the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament held in Marked Tree on Tuesday. The first seeded Manila will play on Thursday. Manila will host Rector in homecoming action on Friday night.

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