Chad Lacy took a behind the head pass from teammate Zach Davis and laid in the winning bucket with only one second remaining as Harrisburg shocked Manila 56-54 Friday night at Harrisburg, handing the Lions their first conference loss of the season.
Harrisburg (5-7, 4-5 3A-3) held the ball for the last 40 seconds of the game before Davis penetrated the free throw line and found Lacy for the game winning bucket, dropping the Lions to 19-3 overall and 11-1 in conference play.
Davis and Lacy led the Hornets with 16 points apiece while Zach Combs pitched in 14 more. Lacy's three point buzzer beater from beyond the half court line to end the first period gave Harrisburg a 14-6 lead heading into the second quarter. The Hornets built their lead to 28-19 at the half before Manila rallied in the third period, outscoring Harrisburg 22-14 to climb to within 42-41 entering the final frame.
Levi Wallace led Manila with 19 points while Kam Ashabranner added 15. Blake Wheeler knocked down three treys and finished with 12 points on the night.
The Lions began the week by traveling to Brookland, and came away with a wild 105-91 shootout victory over the Bearcats.
J.J. Helton and Blake Wheeler poured in 25 points apiece while Garrett Scott added 20. Taylor Morgan pitched in 13 more.
Manila held a 22-16 lead after the first period and stretched its advantage to 46-33 at the half. The Lions took a 79-56 lead into the fourth quarter.
Brookland hit an incredible 15 three pointers, including six by Spencer Elder, who led the Bearcats with 23 points on the night. Jacob Akin and Jared Smith hit three treys apiece while finishing with 11 and 10 points respectively.
In junior high action, Jordan Montgomery tipped in a missed shot with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift Brookland to a 43-41 win over the Lions. Dylan Bogle led Manila with 19 points while Devon Newton paced Brookland with 10.
The junior Lions bounced back Friday night to take a thrilling 58-55 overtime win over Harrisburg.
Manila will return to action Friday night when they travel to Earle for a crucial 3A-3 conference game against the Bulldogs in a battle for first place.
In girls action, Manila routed Campbell, Mo., 62-24 Thursday night to improve to 15-5 on the year. The Lady Lions held an 18-5 lead after the first quarter and outscored Campbell 22-4 in the second stanza to take a 40-9 lead into the dressing room at the half.
Carla Kemp and Maegan Presson led Manila with 12 points apiece. The Lady Lions drilled nine three pointers on the night.
In junior high action, Manila rolled to a 32-13 victory over Campbell.
The Lady Lions will journey to Corning Monday night to take on the Lady Bobcats before hosting Hoxie on Thursday night in a pair of 3A-3 conference matchups.