The Manila Lions improved their conference record to 2-2 with a 67-59 win over Trumann last Tuesday. The win also improved their overall record to 16-5.
Manila jumped out to a 23-9 first quarter advantage and pushed the lead to 45-24 at the half. What looked to be an easy victory turned out to be a tough match up in the second half. "We quit doing the things that gave us the big lead in the first, defense and good shot selection," Coach Anthony Brewington stated.
Trumann outscored Manila 17-9 in the third as the Lions continued to hold on to a 53-41 lead. The Wildcats made it a close game in the fourth but could not overcome the first half deficit. "I thought we played well in the first half but the second half was dissatisfying as we let them hang around and make a game out of it in the fourth," Brewington stated.
Jordan Wise led Manila with 26 points followed by Jackey Parker with 10. Others scoring for the Lions were: Matt Noble nine; Chase Shelton nine; Derrick Wright six; and Cody Wells four.
Trumann was led by Richard Nelson with 19 and Clay McClung with 18. Blake Wright added 12 for the Wildcats.
Trumann defeated Manila in the junior high match up 49-47. The junior Wildcats were led by Kyle Barber with 18 and Justin Combs with 16. Manila was led by Ross Malloy with 12 and Tony Benham with 11. Also scoring for Manila were Jace Elkins nine; Trey McCormick seven; Chad Nunnally four; Rickey Langston two and J.T. Short two.