Lions battle back in second half to spoil Hornets' homecoming
Manila overcame a sluggish start and a fired-up Harrisburg squad to post a come from behind 67-52 victory Friday night, spoiling the Hornet's homecoming festivities.
Harrisburg came out hot in the opening half, building a 32-29 halftime edge. The Lions fought back in the third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 17-12 to take a 46-43 advantage into the final frame. Manila continued its late surge and pulled away for the 15 point victory.
The Lions, who improved to 14-6 overall and 9-2 in 3A-3 league play, got a game high 25 points from Brady Jones. Sophomore Scott Eubanks scored 14 while Zack Day added 11. Dylan Bogle tallied nine, Dillon Burrow and Blake Carr contributed three points apiece while Garrett Baker chipped in two points. The Lions finished 14-25 from the foul stripe and hit five treys on the night.
Garrad Edwards led Harrisburg with 14 points. The Hornets hit six of eight free throws and drained seven treys on the evening.
"You have to give Harrisburg credit, they really came to play tonight," said Lion Coach Bill Taylor. "They hustled and were all over the floor. They knocked down some big three pointers against us. Harrisburg was excited to play and they played hard. We didn't match their intensity in the first half but I thought we did in the second half. We didn't shoot the ball well tonight from the three point line or the free throw line. We didn't panic and started to build the lead in the second half. We can't go to the state tournament playing like this, but this team does have a lot of good wins this season. We will bounce back and get it right before tournament time."
In the junior high contest, Manila broke open a close game in the third period and rolled to a 62-41 victory over the Hornets.
Caleb Reinhart led the Lions with 18 points, Thomas Davis scored 15 while Kyle Joyner chipped in 11. Daniel Dees netted nine, Gavin Parker tallied three, Kris Gann and Matthew May contributed two points apiece while Jeremiah May added one point.The Lions hit 10-12 free throws and drilled seven three pointers, four by Reinhart and three by Davis.
Arizona Sharp led the Hornets with nine points. Harrisburg finished eight of 14 from the foul line and hit three treys.
Manila outscored Corning 75-63 in 3A-3 conference action Tuesday night at home. Corning jumped to an 18-13 first period lead before the Lions outscored the Bobcats 28-6 in the second stanza to take a 41-24 halftime advantage. Manila stretched its lead to 59-41 after three quarters.
Manila placed five players in double figures, led by Brady Jones who scored 21 points. Dylan Bogle and Garrett Baker added 12 points apiece while Scott Eubanks and Blake Carr contributed 11 and 10 points respectively. Zack Day just missed double digits, scoring nine.
Jeremy Flanery led Corning with 17 points, Russell Cox netted 12 while Bentley Masterson and Trevor Barajas added 10 points apiece.
Manila squeezed by Corning 42-41 to capture the junior high game. Thomas Davis, Caleb Reinhart and Kyle Joyner led Manila with nine points apiece while Daniel Dees and Gavin Parker added eight and seven points respectively.
Dalton Carpenter led Corning with 17 points while Chase Watkins added 11.
Manila will return to action Friday night when they travel to Earle for a key 3A-3 conference matchup against the Bulldogs.
Kirsten Adcock drilled five three pointers on her way to a 21 point performance as Manila crushed Tuckerman 59-19 Monday night on the road.
Deven Burrow also hit double digits, scoring 11 points, as Manila improved to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in league play. The Lady Lions held a 22-9 lead after the first period and increased their advantage to 35-12 at the half. Manila took a 54-15 lead into the final frame.
Manila dropped the junior high contest 37-34.
The Lady Lions will return to the hard court Monday night when they play host to conference rival Corning. Manila will close out the week with a road trip to Hoxie.