Town Crier Sports Staff
Marmaduke used a 16-6 second quarter surge, sparking the Greyhounds to a 61-54 3A-3 conference victory over Manila Friday night at Marmaduke.
The two teams battled on even terms throughout the first period and entered the second frame knotted at 17-17. The Lions' Hunter Veach opened the second quarter with a 10-foot jumper to give Manila what would be their last lead of the game, 19-17.
The Greyhounds ran off a 7-0 run to take a 24-19 lead before Manila's Dustin Hobeck broke Marmaduke's string with a pair of free throws at the 3:07 mark to cut the 'Hound lead to 24-21. But Marmaduke came charging back, closing out the half outscoring the Lions 9-2 to take a 33-23 advantage into the dressing room at the half, thanks mainly to some ice cold shooting by the Lions.
Ben Jordan gave the Greyhounds a 12 point lead to start the third quarter with a 15-footer before the Lions answered with back to back buckets by Veach and Trey McCormick to cut the Marmaduke lead to 35-27 at the 6:24 mark.
The two teams traded three pointers before Marmaduke's Trent Smith, who led all scorers with 19 points, completed a three point play to push the Greyhound lead to 41-30 with 4:59 left in the third period.
The Lions battled back and cut the lead to seven when Devin Wright drove the lane for two, but Marmaduke heated up once again, outscoring Manila 8-3 over the next minute to grab a 47-35 advantage with 1:25 left in the period. The Lions closed the quarter by wrapping back to back treys by Veach and Hobeck around a three pointer from Marmaduke's Chris Foresythe as the quarter ended with the Greyhounds leading 50-41.
McCormick opened the fourth quarter with a short jumper, but on Marmaduke's next possession, Foresythe was fouled while attempting a three pointer and proceeded to sink all three charity tosses, giving the Greyhounds a 53-43 lead.
The Lions made one last charge as McCormick drove for two and then drilled a three pointer, cutting the 'Hound lead to 53-48 with 3:53 left to play. After a Greyhound miss, Manila's Ross Malloy was fouled and went to the free throw line where the 6'3" junior sank 1-2 free throws to complete the 6-0 Lion run, cutting the Marmaduke advantage to 53-49 with 3:18 remaining.
But that was as close as the Lions would get, as the Greyhounds sank 6-8 free throws down the stretch to go along with a strong inside move by Smith to give Marmaduke the win.
Joining Smith in double figures for Marmaduke was Foresythe and Jacob Mason who scored 11 points apiece. The Greyhounds finished 19-27 from the foul line and hit four three pointers. The win boosts Marmaduke's overall record to 16-10 and conference mark to 6-4.
Veach led the Lions with 17 points while McCormick and Malloy also hit double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively. Hobeck finished with seven while Wright added four for Manila (7-13, 2-8). The Lions finished 8-14 from the free throw line and hit four three pointers.
"I guess the second quarter was our big quarter," said Marmaduke Coach Steve Richey. "We went on a big run and hit some big shots. We did hit our free throws down the stretch and came up with some big rebounds. We are a lot better at holding leads now than we were back in November. We have held on to win some close games which has given us a lot of confidence. I thought the kids really played hard."
"We really played hard and had our chances tonight," said Manila Coach Jeral Hudspeth. "Marmaduke is really a good team and they were very patient down the stretch. But I am real pleased with how hard we are still playing. We have to get better on the finer edges. I thought our turnovers were a lot better tonight. We are protecting the basketball a lot better. I thought a couple of times we were undisciplined with our fouls. Marmaduke has a fine team and they will be reckoned with and I think we have a fine team."
In junior high action, Manila rolled to a 52-36 win behind Blake Wheeler's 19 point performance. Tray Malone drilled three treys en route to a 12 point night. Dylan Hill scored seven, Jared Burks had six, while Cody Webb and Zach Birmingham added four points apiece for the Lions, who hit 11-17 free throws and nailed 7-17 three pointers. Tracey Reinhart dished out four assists.
Tyler Sanders led the Greyhounds with 12 points. Marmaduke finished 8-10 from the foul line and hit two three pointers.
Manila led 10-7 after the first break and 19-16 at the half before taking a 35-28 lead into the final quarter.
On Tuesday night, Manila dropped a 45-36 decision at home to Piggott. T.J. Harris scored 18 points while Rob Rice added 17 to lead the Mohawks to victory.
Trey McCormick topped Manila with 11 points while Devin Wright added eight and Ross Malloy finished with six. Austin Metheney had four, Adam Bloom netted three while Luke McLaughlin and Hunter Veach added two points apiece.
Piggott held a 13-8 first quarter lead and a 22-21 halftime advantage. The Mohawks took a 37-30 lead into the final quarter.
In the junior high game, Manila blasted Piggott 45-14. The Lions bolted to an 18-3 first period lead and led 27-9 at the half before taking a 39-13 lead into the final frame.
Blake Wheeler led all scorers with 20 points. Cody Webb scored six, Dylan Hill scored four, Jared Burks and Tracey Reinhart netted three points apiece, Zach Birmingham, Tray Malone, and Seth Towles tallied two points each while Garrett Scott added one.
The Lions will return to action Tuesday night when they face Harrisburg in a 3A-3 conference match-up at Manila. The Lions will travel to Corning Friday night for another league game.