Davis' three point barrage propels Lions past Rebels
Thomas Davis canned eight three pointers as the Manila Lions buried Riverside 73-44 in senior boys basketball action Friday night at Lake City.
Davis caught fire early, hitting four three pointers in the opening quarter, while teammate Scott Eubanks drilled two more, giving the Lions a 25-19 lead. Riverside tried to keep pace, hitting four triples of their own, including three by senior guard Caleb Waugh, to stay within striking distance.
Manila blew the game open in the second stanza, outscoring the Rebels 27-11 to take a commanding 52-30 halftime lead. The Lions drained four more triples, three by Davis, to pull away from the host Rebels.
Caleb Reinhart ignited Manila's second quarter outburst with a trey and a conventional three point play as the Lions stretched a six point lead to 12. Manila continued to build its lead behind the long range shooting of Davis and the inside play of senior forward Scott Eubanks, who controlled the boards for the Lions.
Manila increased its lead to 31 points, 68-37, after three quarters, and coasted home to even its record on the year at 1-1.
"When Thomas is hitting his shots, we can be a pretty good offensive team, and he was on fire tonight," said Lion Coach Lee Wimberley. "We had trouble scoring in our opener at Brookland, but we played much better tonight. I was a little concerned that we gave up 19 points in the first quarter; that's not what we do. But we clamped down defensively the rest of the way. I was very pleased with tonight's game. I told the kids right now what I am looking for is improvement each night."
"Scott Eubanks played a great game tonight," continued Wimberley. "He does so many things that don't show up in the scorebook. He's so strong physically. I also thought Caleb Reinhart played a fine game. He gave us points and we need him to score. We need to keep Zac Riley out of foul trouble. When he's in the game he opens up so much for us with his rebounding. Kyle Joyner has only been with us about a week because of football. But he's steady and we know he's going to be there for us. I am pleased with win number one. We've still got a lot of work to do, but I think we will be fine."
Davis finished the night with a game high 27 points, including a perfect eight for eight performance from beyond the three point arc. Eubanks added 18 points while Reinhart chipped in 11. Riley scored eight, Joyner had seven while Eric Navarro added two points. The Lions finished the night with 11 three pointers.
Waugh paced the Rebels with 15 points while Kollin Stone and Victor Cerda added 11 points apiece. Devon Austin contributed seven for Riverside.
In junior high action, Manila squeezed past Riverside 48-46. Bradey Woodall led the Lions with 13 points while Miles Gifford and Logan Hamilton chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. Tyler Johnson scored nine, Matthew May tallied two while Rodney Laster chipped in one point to round out the Lion attack.
Dylan Davis led the Rebels with 15 points while Dillon Turner added 12. Gavin Stone scored eight, Braden Overman had seven while Canon Walling contributed four points.
Riverside jumped to a 19-10 lead after the opening quarter before Manila rallied to take a 25-24 edge at the half. The Lions held a 37-34 lead after three periods of play.
Manila will return to action Tuesday night, opening conference play with a road trip to Corning. The Lions will play their home opener Friday night against conference rival Hoxie.
Riverside will take on Marmaduke in their 2A-3 conference opener Tuesday night at home before doing battle with archrival Buffalo Island Central in another conference matchup Friday night at Lake City.