Brady Jones pumped in a game high 24 points while Scott Eubanks added 18 more to power the Lions as they opened the season on a winning note. Dylan Bogle chipped in eight, Gavin Parker netted seven, Caleb Reinhart scored five while Jay Kulin added three. Colbey Williams and Zac Riley chipped in two points apiece.
Manila held a 20-10 lead after the opening period, behind Jones who scored nine first quarter points. The Lions stretched their margin to 45-22 by the half, thanks to four second period three pointers by four different Lion players. Manila led 62-32 entering the final period of play.
"It wasn't bad for any opening game," said Lion Coach Lee Wimberley. "I've preached defense to the kids all during the preseason and I thought they played a good defensive game tonight. The intensity level and the work ethic of these kids is unbelievable. I can't ask for anything better there. As long as they bring that to practice and the games we will be fine."
BIC held off Manila to take the junior high contest 53-41. Ryan Austin pumped in 22 points while Jerry Cazares added 11 to lead the Mustang attack. Dustyn Myers, Evan Sanders and Cory Turner scored five points each, Trevor Couch netted three while Lane Crites chipped in two.
BIC closed out the week with a thrilling 85-84 overtime victory at Crowley's Ridge Academy Thursday night in Paragould.
Austin Pike blistered the nets, scoring 46 points, including four three pointers, to lead BIC. Dilynn Strickland also hit double digits, scoring 16 points. Jacob Sanders and Alan Carmichael tallied seven points apiece, Drake Brown netted three while Alex Ballin, Devon Ballin and Nick Bollinger added two points each.
Luke Ellis pumped in 40 points to lead the Falcons while Jonathan Carlisle and James Scott added 17 and 12 points respectively.
BIC led 19-18 after the opening period but watched CRA bounce back to take a 39-33 halftime lead. The Mustangs rallied in the third period to grab a 58-56 edge before the Falcons sent the game into overtime.
In junior high action, the Mustangs rolled to a 61-35 victory over CRA. Ryan Austin and Dustin Myers led BIC with 13 points apiece. Evan Sanders and Jerry Cazares netted eight points each while Cory Turner and Alex Talevera added four points apiece. Dalton Clay, Tyler Parker and Tanner Cecil chipped in three points each while Dax Hurst tallied two.
BIC will return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Augusta to take on the Red Devils in a 2A-3 conference matchup. The Mustangs will journey to Riverside Friday night to take on the archrival Rebels.