Manila Lions Basketball Roundup

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Town Crier Sports Staff

Manila suffered a pair of losses, including their first conference setback of the season in senior high boys basketball action last week.

The Lions began the week with a 52-38 loss at Armorel and dropped their conference opener 60-36 Friday night at Marmaduke.

Trent Smith poured in 23 points and snared 14 rebounds while Chris Foresythe added 14 more in the Greyhound's victory over Manila.

Trey McCormick led the Lions (1-2, 0-1) with 16 points.

Marmaduke (5-2, 1-0 3A-3) held a 33-18 halftime lead and took a 45-25 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The Lions got double figure scoring from sophomore Blake Wheeler and Trey McCormick, but it wasn't enough in Tuesday night's 14 point non-conference loss at Armorel. Wheeler led Manila with 12 points while McCormick added 10 more. Ross Malloy had nine, Chad Nunnally scored five while Luke McLaughlin added two. The Lions hit 4-5 from the foul line and drilled six three pointers.

Hunter Korten led the Tigers with 19 points while Kyle Cassidy added 17 more. Armorel hit 2-2 free throws and made four treys.

The Tigers held a 16-12 first period lead and had a 24-22 edge at the half. Manila bounced back to take a 33-30 lead into the final quarter, but was outscored 22-5 in the decisive final frame.

In junior high action, Manila took home a pair of victories, downing Armorel 51-33 Tuesday night before thrashing Marmaduke 52-12 on Friday.

Manila (3-0, 1-0) got 19 points from Garrett Scott and 17 more from Kam Ashabranner in the Lion's win over the Tigers. Jeremy Goff scored six, Brent Ray had four, Tracey Reinhart tallied three while Levi Wallace added two for the Lions, who hit a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Manila made two three pointers.

Zach Skelton led all scorers, pumping in 23 points for Armorel. The Tigers hit 1-4 from the foul line and made four treys on the night.

Manila jumped to an 18-6 first quarter lead and held a 29-18 advantage at the half. The Lions took a 39-25 lead into the final quarter.

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