Manila Clinches Number Two Spot in 3AAA South Conference

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Manila claimed sole possession of the number two spot in conference play

with a 93-84 win over Harrisburg Friday. Senior Matt Noble led his team

with 30 points sinking four treys; three consecutively in the third

quarter. Noble's teammate Cody Wells sank six treys on his way to a 26

point performance. Senior Jordan Wise also scored in double figures with

10 points.

Despite the close score Manila dominated Harrisburg the entire game as

Coach Anthony Brewington utilized his entire bench midway through the

third and the entire fourth quarter. The Lions jumped out to a 24-19 lead

before outscoring the Hornets 33-18 in the second to take a 57-37

advantage at the half. The Lions continued to roll in the third picking up

26 points in the third for a 83-54 lead. Harrisburg took advantage of

Manila's sub play to pull the game closer than the final score.

Adding to Manila's triple threat scoring were: Chase Shelton six; Kyle

Misner five; P.J. Brumley four; Derrick Wright four; Jackey Parker three;

Austin Metheny three; and Dustin Hobeck two.

The win improved Manila's conference record to 8-4 and their overall

record to 22-7. The Lions will host Riverside on Tuesday and will honor

the graduating seniors.

The junior Lions picked up the number four spot in conference play

defeating Harrisburg 49-36 to finish the conference at 7-5 and ended their

season play at 13-14.

Manila was led by Ross Malloy with 17 points followed by Tony Benham with

10 and Rickey Langston with nine and Chad Nunnally with seven. Scoring two

points each were Jace Elkins, Trey McCormick, and J.T. Short.

Manila's field goal shooting wasn't where it needed to be as the Lions

fell to Rivercrest 76-64 on Tuesday. Rivercrest held a 13-11 lead after

one and extended there lead to 26-20 at the half. The Colts outscored the

Lions 25-19 in the third to take a 51-39 advantage before Manila couldn't

not get any closer in the fourth.

Matt Noble led Rivercrest with 27 points, 24 coming in the second half,

followed by Jordan Wise with 16 and Cody Wells with 12. Derrick Wright

added seven and Jackey Parker two in the loss. Rivercrest was led by

Sylvester Smith with 18 and 15 each from Justin Bailey, Phillip Brown, and

Hunter Smith. The Lions held ASU football signee Bennie Washington to six


Rivercrest dominated Manila in the junior game as well. Ross Malloy scored

19 points to lead MJHS. Also scoring were: Rickey Langston five; Chad

Nunnally five; Jace Elkins four; J.T. Short three; Tony Benham two; and

Trey McCormick two.

The junior Lions faced Osceola on Monday night in the 3AAA South District

Tournament held at Marianna.

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