(Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)
The Bobcats clawed their way to a 25-10 first period advantage behind the strong inside play of Kyle Harvey, who scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the opening stanza. Harvey controlled the boards, opening up the Bobcat's outside shooters as Corning took control of the game early on.
Manila's Garrett Scott hit a soft five-foot bank shot to tie the game at 7-7 at the 6:22 mark of the opening period, but Harvey came back with an inside bucket of his own as the 'Cats pulled away to a 15 point first period lead, capped off by Zack Brown's three pointer just before the first quarter buzzer sounded.
Corning continued to build on their lead in the second quarter with the help of a three pointer from Timmy Bass and a conventional three point play by Brown. Garrett Scott scored on a three point play with 2:27 to go in the half to cut the Bobcat lead to 36-18, but Brown's 10-foot bank shot ended the first half scoring with the Bobcats up 38-18.
Neither team got much going in the second half, with Corning maintaining a comfortable lead throughout.
"We played very well, both offensively and defensively, especially in the first half," said Bobcat Coach Alan Williams. "Things got a little sloppy in the second half. We had a size advantage over them and we were able to take advantage of it. We also shot the ball well from the outside. It was a good road win for our conference opener. Kyle (Harvey) played real well tonight. He's a good shooter, has soft hands and runs the floor well. He has a chance to be a very good player."
Brown and Beau Bauschlicher also hit double digits for the Bobcats, scoring 12 points apiece. Corning finished 20-32 from the foul line and made three treys on the night.
Scott led Manila with 16 points while Kyle Evans pumped in 15 more. Levi Wallace scored six, Tray Malone and Spencer Cain netted three points apiece while Cody Webb added one. Manila hit 9-13 free throws and drilled five three pointers.
In junior high action, Manila pulled out a 51-41 victory over Corning. Dillon Burrow and Blake Miller led the Lions with 13 points apiece while Dylan Bogle added 11 more. Dakota Day and Zack Day pitched in seven points apiece for the Lions, who hit 9-19 free throws and drilled six three pointers on the night.
The Lions will return to action Tuesday night when they play host to Tuckerman.