Manila stormed into the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament semifinals with a pair of resounding victories last week. The Lions blasted Maynard 88-44 Wednesday afternoon before knocking off a stubborn Ridgefield Christian team 71-55 Saturday afternoon.
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The Lions shrugged off a sluggish start to upend Ridgefield Christian. Manila held a slim 15-13 lead after the first quarter and led only 29-26 at the half.
Manila stretched its advantage to 49-42 after three quarters and put the game away in the final period, outscoring the Warriors 22-13.
Blake Wheeler pumped in 19 points to lead Manila while Kam Ashabranner and J.J. Helton pitched in 16 and 15 respectively. Levi Wallace tallied nine, Garrett Scott and Blake Carr scored five points apiece while Taylor Morgan added two.
Matt Pierce scored 16 to lead the Warriors while Adam Thrasher netted 15 and Reese Thrasher tallied 11 points.
Manila (14-1) will face third seeded Bay Monday afternoon at 4:30 in semifinal action.