Buffalo Island Central launched their long range bombers Thursday night at Manila and were right on target throughout the contest as the Mustangs galloped to a 71-59 non-conference win over the Lions.
BIC zeroed in on the nets with four straight three pointers in the first quarter as the Mustangs built a 15-4 lead at the 2:34 mark of the opening period. Garrett Qualls started the barrage with a trey before senior guard Derek Rolland hit back to back three pointers. Hunter Smith, who poured in a season high 22 points, completed the onslaught with a three pointer and a free throw after being fouled on his trey. The four point play gave BIC an 11 point advantage.
The Mustangs closed the quarter as Smith scored the last eight points of the opening stanza with an offensive rebound bucket and then back to back long range bombs to give the Mustangs a 25-8 lead heading into the second period.
High scoring Brooks Taylor got into the act in the second quarter as the 6'3" senior scored 14 points in a row for the Mustangs to give BIC a 40-19 lead with 3:02 left in the first half. BIC completed their eye-popping display of shooting when sophomore guard Jordan Griggs hit a high arcing trey just before the halftime buzzer, sending BIC into intermission with a 45-24 lead.
Taylor continued his hot streak in the third quarter, pouring in 16 more as the Mustangs built their lead to 67-43 entering the fourth quarter. Both teams emptied their benches in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs won for the fifteenth time against only one loss.
Taylor finished the night with a game high 33 points while Smith added 22 more, including four of BIC's 10 three pointers on the night. Rolland added six while Qualls and Griggs scored three points each. Trevor Matheny and Eric Wallace chipped in two apiece. BIC finished 9-10 from the foul line on the night.
Manila was led by senior point guard Cody Wells who scored 15 points while Jackey Parker and Ricky Langston tallied 10 points each. Kyle Misner pitched in eight, Chase Shelton and Jace Elkins had four points each, while and P.J. Brumley and Chad Nunnally added three points apiece. Manila was 16-23 from the charity stripe and hit five three pointers on the night.
In junior high action, Manila nipped BIC 42-41. Blake Wheeler ripped the nets for 16 points, including five three pointers to lead the Lions. Michael Shedd scored nine, Jonathan Rose netted eight, while Jacob Perez and Kyle Evans tallied four points each. Manila was 5-11 from the foul line and hit seven three pointers.
BIC was led by Cody Smith and Steven Greathouse who pumped in 14 points apiece. Heath Hawkins tossed in 10 points while Ricky Cordero added three. The Mustangs were 5-9 from the foul line and hit two three pointers.
Manila led 11-8 after the first quarter before BIC rallied to take a 24-21 halftime lead. BIC increased their lead to 35-30 after the third period before the Lions outscored the Mustangs 12-6 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.
"I think it was very important to show that we have other people that can score," said BIC Coach Bill Taylor, "and that is what Hunter Smith did tonight. Derek (Rolland) hit a three, Garrett Qualls hit a three, I thought we were very balanced there. It was a physical game. We played good in the first half, but the second half was just trying to hang on and keep the game under control. I was real happy with the way we played up until halftime."
Brooks Taylor pumped in 24 points while Hunter Smith matched a career high with 22 more as the Mustangs held off Maynard 72-63 Friday night in the battle for first place in the 3AA North Conference.
Maynard was hoping to avenge their only conference loss of the season but came up short as they shot a miserable 5-21 from the free throw line.
BIC, who also got 11 points from Garrett Qualls, hit 10 three pointers on the night, including six from the hot shooting Smith. The Mustangs (16-1, 5-0) connected on 12-17 from the free throw line as Taylor went 5-5, increasing his streak from the charity stripe at 24 in a row.
Maynard (10-4, 5-2) was led by Mark Blackwell who pumped in 20 points. Adam Blackwell and Jake Redwine had 14 points each while Trent Melton added 13.
BIC will open defense of their NEA Championship Friday night at 9:00 p.m., when they face the winner of a first round match-up between Marked Tree and Tuckerman.
Manila will play a first round game Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. against Rivercrest.