(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
Manila nailed 15-16 first half free throws in building a 35-22 lead and coasted to a 65-43 season opening victory over Buffalo Island Central Friday night at Manila.
Senior point guard Trey McCormick scored 18 of his game high 22 points in the opening half as the Lions put on an impressive display in their first outing of the year.
"We really played well, everyone did," said Manila Coach Jeral Hudspeth.
"Trey McCormick was outstanding tonight, Blake Wheeler had a good game, and Ross Malloy and Chad Nunnally played well on the inside. Frankie Cowgill and Jonathan Rose did their jobs. It was a total team effort. Our inside-outside game was working perfectly with our defense all night. We dictated the game. I was proud of all of them. The crowd was also great. Manila is an excellent basketball town and you can print that."
Manila held a 14-9 lead before BIC's Jordan Griggs hit a trey at the buzzer, ending the first quarter and cutting the Manila lead to 14-12.
McCormick opened the second quarter with a three of his own and the Lions scored the next seven points from the foul line to stretch their lead to 24-14 with 4:21 left in the half.
Following another McCormick trey, the Lions hit six straight free throws to build their lead to 35-19. Heath Hawkins closed the half with a three pointer for the Mustangs, but the Lions held a 13 point lead at the half, 35-22.
Manila opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 42-22 lead at the 6:24 mark.
BIC fought back, scoring all of their third quarter points on shots from beyond the three point arc to close the Lion lead to 48-34 entering the final frame.
Manila's Rose opened the fourth quarter with a trey, but BIC made one last charge when Matt Taylor drilled back to back threes. Taylor was fouled on the second trey, and his free throw completed a rare four point play to pull BIC to within 48-37 with 6:00 left. Manila went on another spurt, outscoring the Mustangs 13-4 over the next 3:41 to build their lead to 61-41 with 2:19 remaining. Sophomore Blake Wheeler, who scored 16 points on the night, highlighted the run with a three point bomb.
Senior Ross Malloy scored eight points for the Lions while Rose had six. Nunnally tallied four, Tray Malone and Frankie Cowgill netted three each, Jared Burkes had two while Cody Webb added one to round out the Lion attack. Manila hit 22-25 free throws on the night and nailed eight treys.
Taylor and Griggs led BIC with 13 points apiece. Shane Barnes scored eight, Hawkins had three, while Tab Wildy, Matt Honnoll and Steven Greathouse tallied two points each. The Mustangs were 5-8 from the charity stripe and nailed 10 treys on the evening.
In junior high action, Manila defeated BIC 45-38. Garrett Scott poured in 14 points while Kam Ashabranner scored 13 for the Lions. Brent Ray and Blake Miller tallied six apiece, Jeremy Goff netted three, while Dillon Burrow and Tracey Reinhart rounded out the Manila attack with two and one points respectively. The Lions were 23-35 from the foul line and hit two treys.
Dillon Hargrove led the Mustangs with 22 points. James Tate tallied seven, Ben Cole scored three, while Jeremy Smith, Taylor Morgan, and Daniel Davis netted two points each. BIC was 13-25 from the free throw line and hit one trey.