The Manila Lions held on to the number two seed last week by defeating Trumann on Friday by a score of 70-56. The Lions stand at 7-3 and will need to pick up at least one win this week to hold on to the number two spot. Manila will travel to Rivercrest on Tuesday and host Harrisburg on Friday.
The Lions jumped out on Trumann 24-8 after one but went on a scoring drought in the second as the Wildcats outscored Manila 14-5 as the Lions held on to a 29-22 halftime advantage. Coach Anthony Brewington said, "We jumped on them pretty good in the first but went cold in the second, we did a good job of bouncing back in the third to outscore Trumann 28-17."
Manila pushed its advantage back to 18 with a 57-39 score. The Lions continued to dominate in the fourth as the bench saw playing time. The win improved Manila's 3AAA South conference record to 7-3 and their overall record to 21-6.
Jordan Wise and Cody Wells led MHS with 17 points each followed by Matt Noble with 11. Others scoring for the Lions were P.J. Brumley and Chase Shelton with nine each; Adam Bloom three; Jackey Parker two; and Derrick Wright two.
Trumann was led by Dusten Jones with 18 and Blake Wright with 11. Also scoring for the Wildcats were Richard Nelson eight; Chris Seacrease seven; Jordan Long six; Josh Bowen two; Chase Young two; and Vincent Jones two.
The junior Lions fell short on Friday falling to Trumann 34-32. In a close game throughout Manila opened first quarter action by taking a 7-6 lead before Trumann tied the game at 11 before the half. Both teams scored 13 in the third for a 24-24 tie with Trumann coming out on top in the fourth to get the slim victory.
Manila was led by Ross Malloy with 12. Others scoring for MJHS were Tony Benham nine; Trey McCormick six; Rickey Langston three; and Chad Nunnally two.
Trumann was led by Justin Combs with 13. Others scoring for Trumann were Kyle Barker nine; C.J. Cagle four; Tejaye Moye, Nathan Moore, Jesse Stevens, and Marcus Wells two points each.
The Lions played hard in Tuesday's loss to number one team Marianna 71-65. "We played as well as we ever have, we had some turnovers in the first four minutes that hurt," Brewington said, "and they came into our place and shot the ball well; that is why their are the number one team in the state."
Marianna took a 12-7 lead after one and held on for a 28-23 halftime advantage. Manila pulled within four after three and got as close as one in the final frame but couldn't come away with the win.
Jordan Wise led MHS with 25 points followed by Cody Wells with 18 and Matt Noble with 15. Also scoring were Chase Shelton with five and Derrick Wright with two.
Manila picked up the junior high win 43-32 for its second win over Marianna this season. Manila led 6-3 after one and pushed their advantage to 18-14 at the half. The junior Lions held on for a 27-18 lead after three and held on for the win.
Ross Malloy led Manila with 18 followed by Tony Benham and Rickey Langston with eight points each. Chad Nunnally added seven for MJHS and Trey McCormick hit one free throw.