Manila improved to 5-2 conference play this week sweeping Rivercrest, arrisburg, and Gosnell. The win over the Gosnell Pirates reduced the three way tie with Gosnell, Osceola, and Manila to a two way tie between the Lions and the Seminoles.
The Lions trailed Gosnell in first quarter action on Friday 23-24. Gosnell continued to hold on to a 37-34 advantage at the half before Manila outscored Gosnell 21-14 lead to take a 55-51 lead from the Pirates. Both teams shot well from the charity stripe as the Lions hit 15 or 19 and the Pirates hit 9 of 11. Manila scored 27 of their points from the arc as four
players scored in double figures. Senior Jordan Wise led Manila with 24 followed by Chase Shelton who scored a career high of 21. Cody Wells followed closely with 19 and Matt Noble added 10. Randy Murray and Derrick Wright added two in the Manila win.
Domnique Battles led Gosnell with 28 points followed by Danny Spicer.
"This was a big win for us on the road, they (Gosnell) had beat us four at home," Coach Anthony Brewington stated. "We played a very good defensively second half and Chase Shelton stepped up and hit some shots he had looks at earlier in the season and they fell for him tonight," Brewington said.
Manila's junior high team came away with a win defeating Gosnell 29-23 in a very slow paced match up. Manila led 5-4 after one as Gosnell outscored the Lions 7-4 in the second to take a 11-9 advantage. Manila outscored Gosnell 15-5 in the third to take 24-16 lead. Manila held on for the win
to avenge an earlier 23 point loss to the junior Pirates.
Manila picked up a conference win on the road Tuesday defeating Harrisburg 83-50. Coach Brewington stated that in a very physical game we played well defensively and shot the ball well.
Jordan Wise had his second 30 point game of the week scoring 30 to lead Manila followed by Chase Shelton and Cody Wells with 16 points each. Matt Noble added nine followed by Kyle Misner with six; P.J.Brumley with three; Jackey Parker with two and Austin Metheny with one.
Harrisburg was led by Zack Owens with 14 and Noah Qualls with 11.
The junior Lions also came out victorious with a 51-41 win over Harrisburg.
Ross Malloy led MJHS with 14 points followed by Tony Benham with 12 and Rickey Langston 10. Others scoring were: Jace Elkins five; Trey McCormick four; Chad Nunnally four; and J.T. Short two. Stetson led Harrisburg with 13.
Manila began the week with a big win over Rivercrest 87-80. The Colts led Manila 22-19 in the first before the Lions took a 41-40 lead at the half. The Lions outscored Rivercrest 24-17 in the third for a 65-57 advantage before continuing to hold on for the win.
"It was a very hard fought game on both sides," Brewington stated. "We didn't have an answer for their big man Bennie Washington but we had a load of help to get the win."
Senior Jordan Wise picked up his first 37 point game of the week to lead Manila while Matt Noble added 18, Cody Wells chipped in 13 and Derrick Wright added 10. Chase Shelton added seven and Jackey Parker had two in the win.
The Colts were led by Bennie Washington with 25 followed by
Sylvester Smith with 14, Jimmer Caruthers with 12 and Justin Bailey and Phillip Brown with 11.