Lions crush Mustangs 80-49

Friday, February 5, 2010

Manila bounced back after suffering their first conference loss of the season at the hands of Harrisburg with a convincing 80-49 victory over Hoxie on the road Monday night.

Kam Ashabranner pumped in a game high 23 points while Levi Wallace added 20 more to lead the Lions, who improved to 20-3 overall and 12-1 in 3A-3 conference play.

Manila bolted to a 25-10 first period lead before the Mustangs rallied to cut the margin to 37-31 at halftime. The Lions outscored Hoxie 23-13 in the third quarter to build a 60-44 lead heading into the final quarter and coasted home for the win.

J.J. Helton also hit double digits for Manila, scoring 12 points. Garrett Scott chipped in eight, Blake Wheeler tallied six, Blake Carr scored four while Dillon Burrow added three points. Taylor Morgan and Blake Miller pitched in two points apiece.

The Lions finished 21-29 from the foul line and drilled five three pointers on the evening.

Hoxie dropped to 10-4 on the season and 9-4 in league play. Freshman Zach Crisler led the Mustangs with 15 points while Cade Crisler chipped in 11 more. Hoxie went to the line 18 times but connected on only 10 attempts. The Mustangs also hit five treys.

In junior high action, Hoxie ran past Manila 57-43 behind J. Defries, who scored a game high 22 points.

Manila was led by Dylan Bogle who scored a team high 16 points. Scott Eubanks chipped in nine while Dustin Sirmon and Zach Reinhart added five points apiece. Kyle Joyner and Korey Cain added four points each to round out the Lion scoring.

The Lions are scheduled to host Rivercrest Tuesday night before traveling to Piggott Friday night for a pair of 3A-3 conference battles.

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