Scott Eubanks and Brady Jones combined for 38 points as Manila punched its ticket to the 3A State Tournament with a 48-28 win over host Flippin Thursday night in the first round of the 3A North Regional Tournament.
(Courtesy photo/Sandra Brand, Osceola Times)
Eubanks led Manila with 21 points while Jones added 17 more.
The Lions dropped a 58-41 decision in Friday night's semifinals to Mountain View. Bergman defeated Manila 63-54 in the third place contest Saturday afternoon.
Manila will open state tournament play as a number four seed and will take on the first seed from Region 1, Cedarville, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at Fordyce.
Flippin rallied from a late deficit for a come-from-behind 43-40 victory over Manila, spoiling the Lady Lions' chances for a state tournament berth.
The Lady Bobcats (29-6) held a 10 point lead at the half before Manila rallied in the third period, going on a 7-0 run to close the gap to 30-26 when Kirsten Adcock drained a three pointer. Hannah Davis answered with a jumper to push the Flippin lead to six before Manila closed to within 32-29 at the end of the third period.
Manila tied the game when Emily Cook opened the final frame with a three pointer. Cook drained another trey, giving the Lady Lions a 37-34 lead with 5:35 left in the game. Kaylee Wood's lone field goal of the final quarter pulled Flippin to within 37-36 before Amanda Whitman tied the game with a free throw at the 1:23 mark.
Deven Burrow hit one of two foul shots, giving Manila a 38-37 edge, but Flippin took the lead for good on Whitman's two charity tosses with 55 seconds left. Flippin stretched its lead to 42-38 and held on for the win.
Manila finishes the season 17-11.