The double "B" combination of Brandon Ballard and Brooks Taylor were too much for the Manila Lions as BIC defeated Manila 78-35. Ballard and Taylor scored 24 points each to lead the Mustangs in their victory.
Taylor opened the game up with a jumper before Manila's Jordan Wise answered with a trey followed by a bucket by Matt Noble for a 5-2 Lion lead. Manila pushed their lead to 10-6 on free throws by Wise and a trey by Cody Wells before BIC's Taylor scored the next seven points as BIC took a 13-10 lead with under four minutes remaining. A two point game for most of the first quarter until Ballard and Taylor scored back to back to give BIC a 20-14 first quarter lead. BIC's Josh Nettles opened the second quarter with a trey to give the Mustangs a 23-14 lead followed by a free throw by Manila's Derrick Wright for a 23-15 BIC lead. It was all Mustangs for the remaining quarter as BIC enjoyed a 45-26 cushion at the half.
The Lions went cold in the second half scoring five points in the third and four in the fourth as BIC remained hot scoring 24 in the third and nine in the fourth as both benches saw action. Also scoring for BIC were: Derek Rolland five; Eric Wallace five; Terry Roach four; Garrett Qualls four; Josh Nettles three; Jordan Phillips three; Matt Ibanez three; Cord Rose two; and Blaine Fry one. Matt Noble led Manila with nine followed by Chase Shelton eight; and Jordan Wise seven. Also scoring were: Jackey Parker six; Kyle Misner two; Devin Wright two; and Derrick Wright one.
After trailing 42-37 after three BIC used a 17-7 fourth quarter to defeat the junior Lions 54-49 who led by as many as 10 in the game. BIC took a 14-10 first quarter lead before Manila rallied in the second to take a 28-26 halftime advantage. Manila pushed the lead to 42-37 in the third before the Mustangs stampeded back in the fourth to take the win. Jordan Griggs led BIC with 23 points followed by Shane Barnes with 19.
Also scoring were: Cody Smith five; Trevor Metheny three; Steven Greathouse two; and Nathan Perrins two. Manila was led by Rickey Langston with 16 and Tony Benham with 13. Others scoring for MJHS were: Ross Malloy six; Trey McCormick five; Chad Nunnally four; Jace Elkins three; and J.T. Short two.