Lions carve up Rebels 71-32

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Manila put on their "Jason" masks against Riverside this past Friday the 13th, axing their way to a 71-32 thrashing of Riverside in the Lion's home opener Friday night.

Lion Kam Ashabranner prepares to dunk the basketball Friday night at Manila in senior boys action against Riverside.

The Lions took a 17-8 first period lead before exploding in the second quarter, outscoring the Rebels 25-6 to take a 42-14 lead into the dressing room at the half.

Junior J.J. Helton made it even more of a night of horror for the Rebels, drilling four three pointers in the third period, leading Manila to a whopping 66-28 advantage after three periods. The Lions emptied their bench late in the third quarter and coasted to the victory.

"I can't remember the last time we took a beating like this," said Riverside coach Buster Campbell. "We didn't do anything right. We let Wallace (Levi) do whatever he wanted to on the boards and we didn't guard the three point shot either. I am embarrassed. We threw the ball all over the gym. I give Manila credit, they have a very good ball club. But we are going to get better or something is going to happen. That's not Riverside basketball. We didn't battle, we didn't play hard, and we didn't play smart. That is not acceptable. am not taking anything away from Manila, they have a heck of a good ball club. t was just a total nightmare."

Riverside junior Jake Love (22) looks to drive while being guarded by Manila's J. J. Helton (10) as junior Levi Wallace (25) looks on i senior boys basketball action Friday night at Manila.

Manila connected from all over the court, finishing the night with nine three pointers, five by Helton, who led the Lions with 17 points. Senior Blake Wheeler drilled four more treys on his way to a 12 point night. Levi Wallace pitched in 15 points and grabbed numerous rebounds in controlling the glass, while Kam Ashabranner also hit double digits with 14 points. Blake Carr came off the bench to score six points, Garrett Scott tallied four while Jared Burks and Blake Miller added two and one point respectively.

"We really played well tonight," said Manila coach Bill Taylor. "We shot the ball much better than in Monday night's game at BIC. I was really pleased with the total effort of the team. Levi Wallace had a strong game on the boards and we had good balanced scoring overall. Riverside is a better team than they showed tonight."

The Rebels were led by Jake Love who scored nine points. Cole Winford contributed six, Sam Elam tallied four, Bryan Poe and Morgan Fletcher netted three points apiece while M.J. Brewer and Dewayne Schrader added two points each. Mitchell Staggs added one point to round out the Riverside scoring.

Lion junior Levi Wallace and Riverside senior Dewayne Schrader (5) battle for the basketball in Friday night's senior boys contest at Manila. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

In junior high action, Riverside rolled to a 52-34 victory over Manila. Logan Meurer pumped in a game high 22 points to lead the Rebels. Braden Peaster scored eight, Alteeno Sain tallied six, Ben Hensley contributed five, Zach Reece tallied four, Caleb Waugh netted three while Dylan Wright and Robert Hale pitched in two points apiece.

Dylan Bogle led Manila with 14 points. Zach Reinhart scored five points, Jacob Cates tallied four, Dustin Sirmon netted three while Kyle Joyner, Jordan Goff, Colby Williams and Scott Eubanks added two points apiece.

Riverside will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Jonesboro to take on Ridgefield Christian. The Rebels will close out the week hosting Bay Friday night at Lake City. The Junior Rebels will participate in the Bay Invitational Tournament at Bay.

Manila will journey to Corning Tuesday night before taking on Hoxie Friday night at home.

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