Lions run conference record to 10-0

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Manila ran its 3A-3 conference record to a perfect 10-0 on the season with a pair of league victories last week. The Lions, 15-5 overall, and the number four ranked team in the state in Class 3A, defeated Tuckerman 90-61 Tuesday night before ending the week with a convincing 68-35 thrashing of Piggott.

Kam Ashabranner poured in a game high 30 points, including four three pointers, to lead the Lions over the Bulldogs Tuesday night at Tuckerman. Three other Lions also hit double digits, including J.J. Helton, who scored 18, along with Levi Wallace and Garrett Scott who contributed 17 and 12 points respectively. Manila finished the night eight of 11 from the foul stripe and drilled eight three pointers.

Manila held a 28-20 lead after the first quarter and stretched its advantage to 46-31 at the half. The Lions outscored Tuckerman 26-15 in the third period to take a 72-46 bulge into the final frame.

Spencer Shannon and Cade Niswonger led the 'Dogs with 14 points apiece while Justin Watkins chipped in 10. Tuckerman hit eight of 11 from the foul line and drained nine three pointers.

Helton and Ashabranner pumped in 17 points apiece in Manila's 33 point pounding of the Mohawks Friday night at Piggott. Wallace also hit double figures with 15 points. Manila exploded for a 25-3 lead after one quarter and extended its margin to 45-9 by halftime. The Lions led 66-27 after three quarters.

In junior high action, Manila rolled over Tuckerman 61-28. Scott Eubanks led Manila with 18 points while Thomas Davis poured in 16 more, including four three pointers. Caleb Reinhart scored nine points, Gavin Parker chipped in seven, Kyle Joyner and Kyle Williams tallied four points each while Tanner Platz contributed three. Manila hit six of 11 free throws and drilled nine treys on the night.

The game was tied 16-16 after the opening period, before Manila outscored Tuckerman 21-6 in the second quarter to take a 37-22 lead into the dressing room at the half. The Lions continued their offensive surge in the third quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 15-4 to take a 52-26 lead into the final period. Brandon Barnett led Tuckerman with 18 points.

Manila dropped a 55-38 decision to Piggott in Friday night's junior boys game.

The Lions, last year's 3A State runner-up, will play host to Bay, who finished as the Class 1A State runner-up, Tuesday night at Manila. The Lions will return to conference action Friday night when they play host to Harrisburg in Manila's 2011 Homecoming game.

The Lady Lions were limited to one game due to inclement weather last week. Manila traveled to Portageville Thursday night and came away with a 65-47 victory in senior girls action.

Shelby Wallace led Manila with 18 points while Cortney Craine and Taylor Teague contributed 16 and 10 points respectively. Kirsten Adcock netted eight, Emily Cook scored six, Peyton Joyner tallied four while Jordan Robertson chipped in three. Manila hit 10-16 free throws and made three treys.

The Lady Lions held a 22-13 lead after the opening period and took a 36-25 advantage at the half. Manila led 51-35 after three quarters.

Taylor McCoy scored 13 points while Latavia Harris added 12 more to pace Portageville, who hit nine of 16 from the foul line.

Manila also took the junior girls game with a 51-27 victory over the Lady Bulldogs. Deven Burrow drilled three treys and scored a game high 14 points to lead the Lady Lions. Kailen Shelton and Haley Hicks scored 11 points apiece to also finished in double digits. Bailey Towell tallied six points while Charlie Smith and Mackenzie Tate chipped in four points each. Taylor Harmon rounded out the Manila scoring with one point. The Lady Lions hit seven of 12 from the foul line and made four three pointers. Jennifer Ifland led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points.

Manila will return to the hardwood Monday night, hosting Tuckerman in a 3A-3 conference matchup before traveling to Campbell, Mo., for a Thursday night non-conference game.

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