Manila Boys Basketball Roundup

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Town Crier Sports Staff

Manila got back on the winning track with a pair of 3A-3 conference victories last week in senior high basketball action. The Lions started the week with a resounding 63-29 victory over Harrisburg at Manila.

The Lions scorched the nets, ripping 15 three pointers, as seniors Dustin Hobeck and Hunter Veach combined for nine of the treys. Manila took the sting out of the Hornets early on when the Lions drilled six three pointers in the first quarter to take a 20-9 lead. Before the half was over, Manila would finish with 10 triples on their way to a commanding 44-19 halftime advantage.

Hobeck, who led the Lions in scoring with 20 points, drilled five treys while Veach, who poured in 18 more, added four three pointers. The Lions cooled off just slightly in the second half, but still managed to nail five more treys as they built a 51-27 lead heading into the final frame.

Devin Wright, Ross Malloy, and Austin Metheney scored five points apiece while Adam Bloom, Jace Elkins, and Luke McLaughlin all added three points each. Trey McCormick rounded out the Manila attack with one point. The Lions finished 8-13 from the free throw line.

Byron Lindsey led Harrisburg with six points.The Hornets struggled from the foul line, hitting just 10-19.

Manila traveled to Corning Friday night to take on the Bobcats in the two teams' third meeting of the year. The Lions won the first meeting Dec. 1 in conference play, but less than a week later dropped a first round game in the Gerald Jennings Tournament to the Bobcats.

This time the Lions came away with a 53-45 victory as Dustin Hobeck completed an outstanding week, leading Manila with 18 points. Trey McCormick also hit double figures scoring 12 points. Hunter Veach scored eight, Ross Malloy tallied seven, Devin Wright had six while Austin Metheney chipped in two to round out the Lion attack. Manila finished 13-21 from the foul line.

Jake Kegley led Corning with 13 points while T. Jay Cooper added 12 more to pace the Bobcats.

Corning and Manila battled to a 13-13 first period tie before the Bobcats took a 22-14 lead into the dressing room at the half. Manila fought back in the third quarter to pull within 29-28 heading into the final frame and outscored the Bobcats 25-16 in the fourth quarter to nail down the victory.

In junior high action, Manila split a pair of conference games, dropping Tuesday night's contest to Harrisburg 62-41 before coming back Friday night to down Corning 47-31.

Manila ran into a red hot Hornet team that hit nine three pointers on the night. Zach Davis drilled three treys on his way to a game high 27 points while Chad Lacy hit five treys to finish with 18 more. Harrisburg also hit 9-12 from the foul line.

Cody Webb led Manila with eight points while Blake Wheeler, Dustin Hill and Jared Burks added six points apiece. Zach Birmingham scored four while Tray Malone, Tracey Reinhart and Spencer Cain had three points each. Stetson Ausbrooks rounded out the Lion attack with two points. Manila hit four three pointers and finished 9-14 from the foul line.

Harrisburg led 19-9 after the first quarter and blew the game open in the second period to take a 35-15 halftime lead. Harrisburg held a 48-33 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Lions bounced back Friday night as seven Lions got into the scoring column, led by Blake Wheeler's 14 points. Tray Malone scored nine, Zach Birmingham netted seven while Tracey Reinhart scored six. Garrett Scott and Cody Webb tallied four points apiece while Jared Burks added three.

Manila led 10-3 after the first quarter only to see Corning battle back to pull within 15-13 at the half. The Lions stretched their margin to 27-19 after three quarters and outscored the Bobcats 20-12 in the final period to close out the win.

Caleb Catt led Corning with 12 points.

Manila will return to action Tuesday night when they host East Poinsett County in 3A-3 conference play. The Lions will travel to Brookland Friday night for another league game.

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