Manila's senior boys split a pair of conference games last week, knocking off Harrisburg 41-34 Monday night at Harrisburg before dropping a 53-42 decision Tuesday night at Hoxie.
Trey McCormick pumped in 13 points to pace the Lions past the Hornets. Devin Wright chipped in nine, Ross Malloy scored seven, Hunter Veach netted six, Adam Bloom tallied four, while Jace Elkins added two. The Lions were 11-21 from the foul stripe.
Harrisburg was led by Byron Lindsey who scored 11 points. The Hornets were 10-19 from the foul line.
The game was tied 9-9 after the first period before Manila opened up a 26-17 halftime advantage. Manila took a 32-24 lead into the fourth quarter.
Trey McCormick also led the Lions with 14 points in a losing effort against Hoxie. Hunter Veach scored eight points, Devin Wright had five, Luke McLaughlin netted four, Adam Bloom and Jonathan Rose tallied three points apiece, Ross Malloy and Nathan Bell contributed two points each while Dustin Hobeck added one.
Manila (8-9, 2-7 3A-2) hit 10-17 from the foul stripe. The Lions trailed 12-10 after the first quarter, 26-23 at the half, and 41-31 after three quarters.
Hoxie placed three players in double figures, led by John Lawrence who scored 16 points. Ray Volner contributed 14 points while Tanner Jarrett added 10. The Mustangs were 11-21 from the foul line.
Hoxie improves to 6-7 overall and 4-5 in league play.
In junior high action, the Lions fell to Harrisburg 46-36 before rebounding with a 60-43 victory over Hoxie.
Blake Wheeler scored 17 points to lead the Lions in their loss at Harrisburg. Jared Burks netted eight, Tray Malone scored five while Cody Webb and Zach Birmingham added three points each for the Lions, who hit 2-7 free throws.
Zach Davis scored 15 while Chad Lacey added 13 to lead the Hornets, who were 6-11 from the charity stripe.
Harrisburg held a 12-10 first period edge before Manila bounced back to take a 25-19 lead into the dressing room at the half. Harrisburg outscored the Lions 14-4 in the third quarter to pull ahead 33-29 entering the final frame.
Blake Wheeler poured in a game high 26 points in the Lions' victory over Hoxie. Zach Birmingham finished with nine points, Cody Webb scored eight while Jared Burks pitched in five. Tray Malone, Garrett Scott and Seth Towles tallied three points apiece. Tracey Reinhart netted two while Tim Augustine chipped in one.
Jeremy Anglin scored 13, Cade Crigler had 11 while Zach Rogers added 10 points to pace the Mustangs.
Manila enjoyed an advantage from the free throw line, hitting 16-23 attempts while the Mustangs were limited to12 attempts, connecting on just seven.
Manila led 16-9 after the first period, 27-20 at the half and 41-30 after the third quarter.
Manila opened play in the Nettleton Junior High Invitational Tournament with a resounding 43-22 victory over Paragould Thursday afternoon.
Blake Wheeler scorched the nets for 23 points to pace the Lions. Wheeler finished with four treys and hit nine of his 10 free throw attempts. Garrett Scott and Zach Birmingham had four points apiece, Jared Burks and Seth Towles tallied three each, while Cody Webb, Tray Malone and Dustin Hill added two points apiece.
Manila shut out the junior Bulldogs in the first quarter 7-0. The Lions carried a 21-8 lead into halftime and outscored Paragould 15-2 in the third quarter to blow the game open, taking a 36-9 lead into the final frame.