Rivercrest and Manila battled back and forth in a game of runs before the junior Colts finally pulled away for a 69-61 victory over the Lions Wednesday night at Harrisburg in the semifinals of the 3A-3 District Tournament.
Rivercrest jumped on top early, taking a 22-4 lead out of the gate. The Colts came out hot from the field, drilling four three pointers in the opening minutes. But Manila battled back, outscoring the Colts 8-2 to close the opening quarter trailing 24-12. Manila continued to rally in the second period, going on a 13-0 run of their own to gain a 25-24 edge. Rivercrest came right back with a three pointer by Marquez Chew to take a 27-25 lead. The Colts held a one point advantage going into the dressing room at the half.
Manila continued to play well in the third quarter, and took a 47-45 edge into the final frame. The game was a one point contest before the Colts put the game away, sparked by reserves Jake Dzanda and Kaine Jones, who both scored four points apiece in the critical 13-0 run with big offensive stick-backs.
Chew led Rivercrest with 19 points while Glen Brown and Faishawn Brigies added 12 and 11 points respectively. The Colts made five of 12 foul shots and drilled six treys on the night.
Kyle Joyner paced Manila with 19 points while Caleb Reinhart and Daniel Dees added 15 and 14 points respectively. Thomas Davis scored seven while Gavin Parker added six. The Lions hit 15-24 free throws and made four three pointers.
"We could have packed it in when we got down 19-2 early," said Manila Coach John Deaton. "But the kids didn't quit. Rivercrest is a very talented team, and when they shoot like they did early on, hitting four three pointers in such a short period of time, there's not much you can do. We battled back and pulled within a point at the half and had the lead going into the fourth quarter. I thought we may have run out of gas down the stretch. We had to fight so hard to get back in the game. It took a lot out of us. But I could not be prouder of a group of kids. They never gave up. We fought all the way to the end."
Manils vs. Earle
Manila opened the tournament with a 64-59 win over Earle Saturday afternoon. Daniel Dees scored a game high 25 points to lead Manila. Caleb Reinhart poured in 19 more, including three treys, while Thomas Davis drained four three pointers on his way to 12 points. Kyle Joyner tallied seven while Alldonn Skelton added one point.
The Lions connected on 21-31 foul shots and nailed seven treys on the evening.