Cody Wells sank nine of ten free throws in the fourth quarter as Manila rallied for a 54-47 non-conference victory over the Armorel Tigers Friday night at Manila.
The Lions, who improved to 4-3 on the season, trailed 14-12 after the first quarter and 24-21 at the half. Manila outscored Armorel 11-8 in the third period to knot the score at 32 apiece entering the final frame.
Kyle Misner led Manila with 18 points while Wells finished the night with 11. P.J. Brumley also hit double figures for the Lions scoring 10 points while Jackey Parker added nine. The Lions finished 16-23 from the charity stripe and drilled two treys on the evening.
Armorel was led by Timothy Kirk and Tyler Brooks who scored 12 points apiece. Blake Belford added 11 points for the Tigers who finished 8-10 from the free throw line and nailed seven treys on the night.
"I was proud of the boys tonight," Manila Coach Jeral Hudspeth said. "The boys came back when we pressed and that really got us going. Armorel does a great job of running that Princeton offense. Coach Brown (Charlie) does a super job with his team. I told the kids that Armorel would be very prepared and they were. I felt like we did a great job coming back from a 10 point deficit. Our defense played very well tonight. Cody Wells really came through, sinking 9-10 free throws in the fourth quarter," Hudspeth concluded.
The Lions were scheduled to play East Poinsett County Friday night at Manila, but the Warriors had to cancel because they are in the state football playoffs. The Lions' next scheduled game is at Viola Tuesday, November 22.