Town Crier Sports Staff
Manila took the floor Friday night primed and ready to play against the league leading Marmaduke Greyhounds. But Marmaduke showed why they are the first place team in the 3A-3 conference by wearing down the Lions to post an 80-54 victory at Manila.
The Lions jumped out to an 18-14 lead after the first period behind the hot shooting of sophomore Blake Wheeler and senior point guard Trey McCormick, who combined for 15 points.
Marmaduke rallied in the second period behind Chris Foresythe, who scored the first eight Greyhound points of the period as Marmduke forged a 22-22 tie on the second of Foresythe's back to back treys with 5:20 left in the half.
Jacob Mason scored on a driving five footer in the lane to give the Greyhounds a 24-22 lead at the 4:50 mark and Marmduke never trailed again as they maintained their hold on first place in the league standings along with Hoxie.
The Greyhounds took a 37-29 lead into the dressing room at the half and stretched their margin in the third period to as many as 17 points before settling on a 57-43 lead entering the final frame.
Wheeler tried to bring the Lions back early in the fourth quarter, scoring the period's first five points to cut the Greyhound lead to single digits, 57-48 with 7:06 to play, but a three pointer by Mason at the 6:54 mark pushed the lead back to double digits, 60-48, and Manila would get no closer the rest of the way.
Trent Smith, who was a force on the inside the entire night, posted a double-double to lead the Greyhounds, scoring 22 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. Mason, who hit three treys in the opening period, finished with 18 points while Foresythe added 16 more.
Marmduke finished 8-18 from the foul line and hit 10 treys on the night.
Wheeler led all scorers, pumping in 29 points to lead the Lions while McCormick finished the night with 10 points. Tray Malone and Zach Birmingham added five points apiece, Cody Webb scored four while Jared Burks added one to round out the Lion scoring.
Manila hit 4-7 free throws and made six three pointers.
"We had a feeling that Manila would come out and play with a lot of emotion, with what they have been through the past week," said Marmaduke Coach Steve Richey. "They came out shooting lights out and playing hard and played on a lot of emotion, which I think finally wore them down. Jacob Mason made some big baskets early in the game for us and Trent Smith is such a force on the inside. Both players played exceptionally well. We are just pleased to get out of here with a win."
"I thought we came out and played with a lot of emotion in the first half," said interim Lion Coach Jason Durham. "I thought we really played well defensively and won the battle on the boards and on defense, especially in the first quarter. We let them make some runs in the second quarter and they finally took the lead going into the half. But we couldn't ask for a better effort by everybody on the team. I was proud of our effort tonight and the way the crowd responded to that effort. Marmaduke has a very good team. That's why they are first in the conference. They have two or three kids that can score from about anywhere. Trent Smith is just a hoss on the inside. He is such a dangerous player. But I am very proud of our team tonight."
In junior high action, Manila came away with a 45-29 win as Kam Ashabranner led the Lions with 21 points.
Manila bolted to a 15-2 lead after the first period and held a 31-7 advantage at the half. The Lions carried a 37-13 bulge into the final quarter.
Jeremy Goff and Levi Wallace scored six points apiece, Dillon Burrow had five, Jordan Towell netted three while Garrett Scott and Brent Ray added two points apiece.
Manila finished 3-3 from the foul line and hit four three pointers.
Manila began the week with a 79-63 loss at Piggott, despite Blake Wheeler's 31 points.
Manila (6-11, 5-5) also got 11 points from Trey McCormick.
Rob Rice scored 28 points while Chuck Rice added 19 to lead the Mohawks, who also got 11 points from Tyler Grubb and 10 from Blake Burkman.
Piggott edged Manila 38-37 in the junior high contest.
The Lions will return to the court Tuesday night when they travel to Harrisburg before playing host to Corning Friday night in 3A-3 conference action.