Jessieville upsets Lions 60-45 in State Tournament
Fourth seeded Jessieville pulled off the first surprise of the Class 3A State Tournament Tuesday afternoon at Riverview, stunning top seeded Manila 60-45, ending the Lions' storybook season.
Jessieville got off to a quick start, hitting back to back three pointers to begin the game before the Lions rallied to take an 11-10 edge at the break on a 30-foot bomb by senior guard Brady Jones.
Scott Eubanks kept the Lions in the lead, scoring on back to back inside moves early in the second stanza, before Jessieville went back on top 16-15 with a 12-foot jumper by Braden Davis at the 4:23 mark. Dylan Bogle put Manila ahead by one, but Chase Anderson drained a three pointer to put Jessieville back up by two. Bogle came away with a steal and a coast to coast lay-up to tie the score with 2:20 left in the half before Jacob Applegate drilled his second trey of the game to give Jessieville a three point advantage. Anderson's steal and one-handed slam gave Jessieville a 24-19 lead before Jones' second trey of the day pulled Manila to within 24-22 at the half.
Jessieville came out strong to begin the third quarter, taking a 29-22 lead, but Jones brought the Lions back with a 10-foot pull-up jumper and a 25-footer to close the gap to 29-27 with 6:05 left in the period. Jessieville answered with an 11-4 run behind 6'4" post Johnny Jordan to grab a 40-31 advantage heading into the fourth period.
Jessieville spread the floor and worked the back door play to perfection, building its lead to a whopping 21 points, 52-31, with 2:57 remaining. Jordan scored eight more points during the Jessieville run while the Lions went ice cold from the field. Manila finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter on a Kyle Joyner offensive stick-back at the 2:49 mark. Manila hit a pair of late three pointers, one by Dustin Sirmon and one by Jones to close the final margin to 15 points.
The Lions appeared out of gas in the second half after an emotionally draining victory Monday afternoon over Earle, which gave Manila the 3A Regional Championship. The quick turnaround appeared to take its toll on the Lions, while Jessieville had been off since Saturday.
"We had a quick turnaround after playing yesterday, and Jessieville had been off since Saturday," said Lion coach Lee Wimberley. "That's not an excuse, that's just part of it. The weather just got us. That wasn't the ideal situation, but you have to give Jessieville credit. They shot lights out. That wasn't the scouting report I had on them or the film I watched, but it's what they did today. It's a one game season and they played the better ball today. The bottom line is their match-up zone gave us trouble. We didn't have time to prepare for it and it showed today. I feel like I didn't do a very good job getting them ready for it. Jessieville's motion offense and back door plays gave us problems. We normally anticipate extremely well, but today we seemed to be a step slow. We also got whipped on the boards, and I think a lot of that comes back to us not having our legs today. But these are the hardest working kids I have ever been around. They never quit. They won the regional tournament with Brady Jones out, and they won the conference championship when nobody thought we had a chance. I couldn't be prouder of these kids. It's been a special year," concluded Wimberley.
Manila (22-9) was led by Jones and Eubanks who scored 17 points apiece. Bogle had six, Sirmon pitched in three while Joyner added two points. The Lions went to the line just six times, all in the first quarter, connecting on two.
Anderson led Jessieville with a game high 24 points while Jordan and Davis added 16 and 11 points respectively. Jessieville hit 12-13 free throws and nailed five three pointers on the day.