Lions roar past Hornets for 58-40 Homecoming victory
Manila celebrated Homecoming, cruising past Harrisburg 58-40, Friday night to maintain their lead in the 3A-3 conference.
The Lions fell behind early, 4-0, before taking the lead for good on a Caleb Reinhart three pointer midway through the first quarter. Manila stretched its lead to 9-4 at the end of the period with back to back buckets from Scott Eubanks.
Harrisburg rallied to pull within 13-9 on a three pointer by Brandon Honeycutt with 5:50 left in the half, but the Lions went on a 15-3 run the rest of the period to take a 28-12 advantage into the dressing room at intermission. Reinhart and Brady Jones hit three pointers while Eubanks scored three buckets to spark the Lion surge.
Manila increased its lead to 24 points, 41-27, on a three pointer by Jones with 5:00 left in the third quarter before the Hornets sliced the lead to 47-28 entering the final frame.
Alec Witt, who led Harrisburg with 13 points, opened the fourth quarter with a five-foot jumper, but Thomas Davis answered with a trey, giving the Lions a 50-30 lead. Manila coasted the rest of the way to improve to 13-5 overall and a league leading 7-2 in conference play.
Jones led Manila with 19 points while Eubanks pumped in 16 more. Reinhart finished with six, Davis and Zac Riley scored five points apiece, Kyler Williams tallied three while Kyle Joyner and Dustin Sirmon added two points apiece.
"It wasn't pretty, but we'll take a win anyway we can get it," said Lion Coach Lee Wimberley. "I thought we came out slow in the first quarter. We just couldn't hit any shots. But we defended really well and that's what I tell the kids, is if we play good defense we'll stay in the game. I thought we rebounded well tonight. Sometimes homecoming can be a distraction. We had the worst practice we've had all year on Thursday. I didn't know how we would play tonight but we responded and came away with a big win."
In junior high action, Manila picked up its first victory of the season with a 51-36 win over the Hornets. Tyler Johnson and Jake Helton pumped in 14 points apiece to pace the Lion attack. Matthew May scored seven, Bradey Woodall netted six, Logan Hamilton tallied four while Miles Gifford chipped in three. Cameron Quick scored two and Rodney Laster finished with one point to round out the Lion scoring attack.
Walker Hammond led Harrisburg with 10 points.
Manila will return to conference action Monday night when they take on Corning in a game that was cancelled due to wintry weather last week. The Lions will close out the week when they play host to Earle in another league battle Friday night at Manila.