Lions build big lead, hang on to corral Hoxie Mustangs 63-53
Manila held off a furious fourth quarter Hoxie rally and hung on to defeat the host Mustangs 63-53 Friday night in 3A-3 conference senior high basketball action.
The Lions looked to have the game well under control, leading 46-27 with 7:12 left in the game. But the Mustangs refused to quit, and went on a 13-0 run to cut the Manila lead to 47-39 at the 3:02 mark.
Caleb Reinhart, who teamed with Scott Eubanks to lead the Lions with 21 points apiece, drilled a crucial three pointer to stop the Hoxie onslaught, giving Manila a 50-39 advantage with 2:47 to go. The Mustangs answered when Tristan Sisco completed a conventional three point play, dropping in a five-foot floater followed by a free throw to chop the Lion lead to 50-42 at the 2:33 mark.
Zac Riley popped a 17-footer from just inside the three point line to push the Lion lead to 10 points, 52-42, with 2:20 showing on the clock. It would be Manila's last field goal of the night. Eubanks and Riley combined for three free throws to push the Lion advantage to 55-42 with 1:43 left in the game.
The Mustangs battled back once again when Sisco buried a three pointer to slice the Manila lead to 10. James Johnson pitched in a short jumper, cutting the Lion lead to eight, 55-47, at the 1:17 mark.
Reinhart connected on three free throws on the Lions' next two possessions, giving Manila a nine point advantage inside the 1:00 mark. But Sisco struck again, burying his third trey of the quarter, and suddenly the Lion lead was down to 58-52 with only 45 seconds to go. Hoxie fouled Reinhart once more, and the 5'8" junior point guard calmly sank both ends of the double bonus to increase the Manila lead to 60-52. The Mustangs could get no closer the rest of the way.
Neither team could find the basket in the opening quarter until Noah Adamson's 12-foot jumper put Hoxie up 2-0 at the 4:03 mark. Eubanks got Manila on the board with a baseline jumper with 3:05 left in the first period. Eubanks' free throw with one minute left gave the Lions a 5-4 edge after the first break.
Reinhart caught fire in the second stanza, scoring nine points, including a pair of three pointers, as Manila built its lead to 28-15 at the half.
The Lions continued to pull away from the Mustangs in the third quarter to carry a 43-26 advantage into the final frame.
Riley joined Eubanks and Reinhart in double figures for Manila, scoring 10 points. Thomas Davis tallied seven while Kyle Joyner added four. Manila hit 21-30 foul shots, including 13-18 in the fourth quarter. The Lions made four three pointers on the night.
Sisco led the Mustangs with 14 points, all coming in the fourth quarter. Alex Carpenter added 11.
In junior high action, Manila trounced Hoxie 60-16. The Lions grabbed a 22-0 lead after the first period and held a whopping 42-4 advantage at the half. Manila took a 54-11 lead into the fourth quarter
Logan Hamilton led the Lions with 15 points as 13 Manila players hit the scoring column. Joel Burrow scored nine, Tyler Johnson and Dylon Carruth had six points apiece, Dalton Hitchcock tallied four while Bradey Woodall, Patrick Tanner, Jeremiah May and Cameron Quick added three points each. Matthew May, Miles Gifford, Rodney Laster and Annan Garrett pitched in two points apiece.
Manila began the week with a 62-43 nonconference victory over Black Rock Tuesday night at home. Zac Riley led the Lions with 20 points while Thomas Davis and Caleb Reinhart chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively. Scott Eubanks scored seven, Kyle Joyner and Kyler Williams tallied four points apiece while Seth Grissom chipped in two points. The Lions nailed 24-30 free throws and made three treys.
Derrick Nunnally led the Zebras with 13 points while Caleb McKenzie added 12. Black Rock hit 13-14 foul shots on the night.
In junior high action, Manila rolled to a 68-17 thrashing of Black Rock. Fourteen Lions got in on the scoring act, led by Patrick Tanner and Tyler Johnson who scored 12 and 10 points respectively. Timmy Smith and Dalton Hitchcock tallied six points apiece while Miles Gifford, Bradey Woodall and Joel Burrow pitched in five points each. Kyle Bell and Annon Garrett scored four points apiece, Neal Benson contributed three while Matthew May, Logan Hamilton, Cameron Quick and Dylon Carruth all added two points each.
The Lions will return to action Tuesday night with a 3A-3 home matchup against Osceola. Manila will close the week against Piggott in their annual Homecoming game.