Town Crier Sports Staff
Manila forced Riverside to play their style of basketball by slowing down the pace, rallying past the Rebels 46-45 in non-conference senior boys basketball action Friday night at Caraway.
Riverside led the entire game until Manila's Devin Wright was fouled with eight seconds remaining. The 6'1" senior calmly sank both free throws, giving the Lions their first lead of the night, 46-45.
The Rebels tried to work the ball into 6'8" junior Glen Graham, but Manila denied the post player the ball. Riverside's Michael Lawrence attempted a short hook shot, which bounced off the rim, but Rebel Jordan Adcock grabbed the rebound. Adcock's fade away jumper just before the buzzer came up short as the Rebels lost their second heartbreaker of the week, dropping their record to 2-2 on the season.
Riverside led 13-8 after the first quarter and 24-16 at the half before taking a 33-30 lead into the final quarter.
"My hat is off to Manila," Riverside Coach Buster Campbell said. "They had their stinger out. We played hard but didn't play smart. We got into the kind of game they wanted. We shot about seven three pointers and only five two's in the second half. We had a lot of wasted possessions. We had some really bad looks on offense and Manila just blew by our press all night long."
"I am really proud of my team," Manila Head Coach Jeral Hudspeth said. "We did a good job defensively. Riverside is statewide good and will only get better as the year goes on. There's not a better coached team in the state. We were fortunate and played at a perfect level. Trey McCormick was strong on the point and Devin Wright hit some big shots. But it was a total team effort tonight."
Manila placed two players in double figures, led by Devin Wright and Trey McCormick who scored 12 points apiece. Hunter Veach had nine points, Ross Malloy scored seven, Austin Metheney netted three, Adam Bloom added two while Dustin Hobeck contributed one point for the Lions.
Riverside was led by Glen Graham who scored 16 points and blocked four shots. Jordan Adcock also hit double figures with 12 points. Michael Lawrence had seven points and six rebounds, Garrett Weaver scored six points and dished out six assists, while Cody Richardson and Casey Hook added two points apiece.
Manila (3-1) knocked off Armorel 44-35 Tuesday night at Manila. Devin Wright scored 11 points while Trey McCormick added 10 to lead the Lion attack. Austin Metheney and Hunter Veach added nine points apiece.
Armorel, who was led in scoring by Garrett Casey with nine points, led 13-12 after the first quarter, but the Lions bounced back to take a 23-18 halftime lead. Manila led 32-24 after three quarters.
In the junior high game, Manila rolled to a 47-19 victory.
Manila will return to action Friday night when they host Buffalo Island Central in a non-conference tilt.
Riverside will return to action Tuesday at Lake City before traveling to Armorel Friday night.