Lions declaw Bearcats 65-59

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Manila was looking for a much needed win in Monday night's game against Brookland, and the Lions got just what the doctor ordered with a 65-59 victory in 3A-3 conference play over the Bearcats.

The Lions placed four players in double figures, led by senior Kyle Evans' 16 points. J.J. Helton pumped in 15 more, including four three pointers, while Levi Wallace came off the bench to also score 15. Garrett Scott was the fourth Lion in double digits, netting 13 points. Manila was hot from the three point arc, draining seven on the night while hitting 18 of their 23 free throw attempts.

Manila jumped to a 9-7 first period lead as Scott scored the Lion's first six points of the game. Helton converted a rare four point play, drilling a three while being fouled. The sophomore added the free throw and the Lions had a 15-13 lead with 6:37 left in the first half. Evans' three pointer at the 4:15 mark stretched the Lion lead to 22-18, and when the senior point guard hit both ends of a one and one with 2:32 left, Manila had their biggest lead of the game, 28-19.

Justy Moore came off the Brookland bench to help rally the Bearcats late in the first half, scoring five straight points.Trey Harlan's offensive stick-back with only one second to go before intermission pulled the Bearcats to within 28-25 at the half.

Levi Wallace scored Manila's first eight points in the third period, but Brookland stayed close behind the scoring of Adrian Boling, who finished the night with a game high 26 points. Back to back three pointers by Tray Malone and Helton put the Lions ahead 42-39 with 1:00 left in the third quarter, but Boling ripped a trey from deep in the left corner to tie the score at 42-42. Wallace's driving lay-up gave the Lions a 44-42 lead heading into the final frame, and the Lions never trailed again.

Helton began the fourth period with a three pointer and added another trey with 3:45 left in the game when his shot bounced high in the air and fell through the bucket on the way down, giving Manila a 54-47 lead. Brookland never got closer than six points the rest of the way, as the Lions picked up their third victory of the season.

Nathan Bell and Jared Burks scored four and two points respectively to round out Manila's scoring.

"I was real proud, especially defensively," said Manila Coach Jeral Hudspeth. "We rebounded well, and I thought the boys played great defense. I thought Kyle Evans played very, very good down the stretch. He played like a leader and a winner. Our sophomores are getting better. J.J. Helton really had a good night shooting Levi Wallace played a strong game. He rebounded really, really strong. It was a good team victory and I was proud for them. They are a young bunch, and if they stay together good things are going to happen for them."

In the junior high game, Manila defeated the Bearcats 48-37. Zack Day pumped in 16 points while Dillon Burrow added 14 more to lead the Lion attack. Dylan Bogle and Blake Miller added nine points apiece for the Lion's, who hit 17-26 free throws. Day hit all three of Manila's three pointers on the night.

Brookland led most of the way, holding a 10-7 lead after the first period and a 21-14 advantage at intermission. The Bearcats took a 31-26 lead into the fourth quarter, but Manila outscored the 'Cats 22-6 in the final frame to rally for the win.

Harrisburg downed Manila 56-47 Friday night, despite Kyle Evans' 16 point performance. The Hornets led 19-13 after the first break, but the Lions rallied for a 31-30 halftime lead. The two teams went into the fourth quarter tied 41-41.

Manila took the junior high game with a 64-45 win.

Manila returns to action Friday night, hosting Earle in a 3A-3 conference battle.

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