Lions remain unbeaten in Conference play

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Manila kept its grip on first place in the 3A-3 conference with a pair of league wins last week. The Lions, 18-2 overall and a spotless 10-0 in conference play, knocked off Tuckerman 82-42 Tuesday night at Manila before celebrating homecoming by demolishing Piggott 80-56 Friday night.

Lion Kam Ashabranner takes the ball past Piggott's defense during the homecoming victory. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Levi Wallace poured in a game high 22 points to lead four Lions in double figures in Manila's win over Piggott. J.J. Helton racked up 16 points while Blake Wheeler and Kam Ashabranner pumped in 14 apiece.

Manila held a 24-12 lead after the first period and took a 41-26 advantage into the dressing room at the half. The Lions led 64-42 entering the final frame.

Zach Redmon paced Piggott with 10 points.

Manila began the week with a 40 point victory over Tuckerman, behind a balanced scoring attack led by Kam Ashabranner's 15 points. Levi Wallace finished with 14 points while Dillon Burrow and Blake Wheeler added 13 and 12 points respectively. Zack Day contributed eight, Garrett Scott and J.J. Helton tallied six points apiece, Garrett Baker netted three while Blake Carr and Blake Miller added two points each. Jared Burks rounded out the Manila attack with one point.

Chase Gates led Tuckerman with 12 points while Trey Francis added 10.

In junior high action, Dylan Bogle poured in a game high 25 points to lead the Lions to a 50-43 victory over Tuckerman. Dustin Sirmon added 11 points while Zach Reinhart scored nine more. Caleb Reinhart tallied three while Kyle Joyner added two points.

Manila led 18-8 after the first period and 24-15 at the half. The Lions took a 38-23 lead into the final quarter.

Cade Niswonger led Tuckerman with 19 points while Spencer Shannon added 16.

The Lions defeated Piggott 43-42 Friday night.

Manila will continue 3A-3 conference play this week, hitting the road with trips to Brookland Tuesday night and Harrisburg Friday night.

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