Lions roar past Riverside in season opener 75-52
Manila Head Coach Lee Wimberley couldn't have dialed up a better scenario for his team in the Lions' season opener against Riverside Friday night. The defending 3A-3 conference champions cruised to a 75-52 victory over the Rebels, putting together a complete game on both ends of the floor.
"It was a very good win for us," Wimberley said. "I thought we played well all the way around. I thought our defense set the tone for the game. We hit our shots tonight, and when we do that I think we can be pretty tough. I was a little concerned coming into this season about what our offensive output would be, but 75 points in the opener is pretty good. Despite the fact that we have three starters back, we are still an inexperienced team. Most of our other kids haven't played a lot. I thought Timmy Smith, Patrick Tanner and Jake Helton played well off the bench. Caleb Reinhart played an excellent game. Matthew May did a good job at taking the ball to the hole. It was a good showing for our opener. I am very pleased."
The Lions took the lead on a three pointer by Thomas Davis at the 7:19 mark and never trailed. Manila moved ahead 11-3, thanks to a trey by Caleb Reinhart and a pair of Matthew May buckets before Riverside closed the gap to five as the first quarter came to a close.
Manila stretched its lead to 30-22 at the half behind Davis' eight second quarter points which included two more three point bombs. The Lions worked their way to the free throw line, connecting on nine of nine foul shots, to take an eight point cushion into the dressing room at intermission. Kollin Stone's strong work on the offensive glass kept the Rebels within striking distance.
Manila continued to build on its lead in the third period, connecting on three more treys, one each by May, Reinhart and Davis, who nailed his fourth triple of the game. Kollin Stone and Luke Baker tried to keep Riverside close, but the Lions stretched their advantage to 54-40 entering the final quarter of play.
Manila blew the game open in the fourth period, and led by as many as 28 points after Patrick Tanner ripped back to back three pointers, giving the Lions a 75-47 lead with 2:06 to go. Riverside closed out the game with the final five points, but it was much too little, too late.
"We didn't finish shots and we didn't guard anybody," said Rebel Coach Buster Campbell. "When you give the other team uncontested layups and uncontested threes, and you don't hit your shots, that spells disaster. We didn't look very good tonight but I give all the credit to Manila. They outplayed us, they outcoached us, and they outhustled us. I don't know what else they could outdo us in. They beat us in every phase of the game. That's all I can say."
Reinhart topped the Lions, scoring 20 points, while Davis pumped in 17 more. May also hit double digits, pouring in 16. Smith finished with seven, Tanner had six, Kyle Joyner contributed five while Seth Grissom and Jake Helton chipped in two points apiece. The Lions hit 90 percent of their free throws, going 18-20, and drilled nine three pointers on the night.
Kollin Stone led the Rebels with 18 points while Luke Baker added 13 more. Brandon Sain scored seven, Bret Snyder tallied six while Gavin Stone, Marcos Shepard and Matthew Fraser added two points apiece. Dylan Austin and Kody Winstead pitched in one point each.
In junior high action Manila outscored Riverside 51-39 behind Bradey Woodall's 28 point performance. Joel Burrow scored nine, Brock Birmingham tallied five, Logan Hamilton netted four, Dalton Hitchcock pitched in three while Dylon Carruth added two points.
Dillon Turner paced Riverside with 21 points while Keech Wilmoth scored 10. Logan Moyer and Dillon Boatman added six and two points respectively.
Riverside began the week with a 55-23 win over Ridgefield Christian Tuesday night at Lake City. The Rebels bolted to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter and led 33-14 at the half. Riverside took a commanding 50-19 bulge into the final frame.
The Rebels put 12 players in the scoring column, led by Luke Baker's 11 points. Gavin Stone netted seven, Braden Overman and Chris Sain tallied six points apiece, Bret Snyder had five, Brandon Sain and Gannon Crews chipped in four points apiece while Kollin Stone, Levi Reed and Grant Mason added three points each. Marcos Shepard and Dylan Austin contributed two and one point respectively. Riverside drained nine treys on the night from seven different players.
In junior high action, Riverside defeated Ridgefield Christian 32-20. Dillon Boatman led the Rebels with 17 points while Dillon Turner added eight. Hunter Swaim scored three while Landon Moyer and Jesse Fry chipped in two points apiece. Moyer also pulled down a team high 11 rebounds.
Riverside (4-2) will begin 2A-3 conference play this week, traveling to Marmaduke Tuesday night before taking on archrival Buffalo Island Central Friday night at Lake City.
Manila (1-0) begins its first full week of action playing host to Ridgefield Christian Monday night before road trips to Valley View Tuesday night and Harrisburg Friday night.