Timberwolve tandem torches Lions in 85-65 defeat
Cedar Ridge rode the one-two scoring punch of juniors Austin Reeves and Cade Crabtree as the visiting Timberwolves rolled over Manila 85-65 in senior boys basketball action Tuesday night at Manila.
The two time defending Class 2A State Champions flexed their muscles early behind the scoring of Reeves, who threw in 19 of his game high 40 points in the first quarter. The 6'3" sharpshooter used his patented crossover dribble to penetrate the Lion defense time and again, scoring on short jumpers as the Timberwolves built an early 18-5 lead.
Manila fought back behind the long range shooting of senior guard Thomas Davis, who buried three consecutive three pointers. Patrick Tanner followed with the Lions' fourth straight trey to slice the Cedar Ridge lead to 20-14 with 2:00 left in the opening quarter. But Reeves connected on back to back buckets, followed by a Tanner Vinson three point play, to help the Timberwolves close the quarter on a 9-1 run, grabbing a 29-15 lead at the first break.
Manila senior guard Caleb Reinhart caught fire in the second stanza, scoring 13 of his team high 28 points, but the Lions could make up just one point, closing to within 48-35 at the half. Cedar Ridge forward Cade Crabtree pitched in nine of his 22 points in the second period as the Timberwolves kept their double digit lead heading into intermission.
Cedar Ridge built its lead to as many as 22 points in the third quarter before the Lions closed the gap, going on an 11-4 run to trim the Timberwolves lead to 66-51 entering the final frame.
Timmy Smith and Patrick Tanner began the final period, canning back to back three pointers to cut the Cedar Ridge lead to single digits, 66-57 at the 6:32 mark, but that was as close as Manila could get.
Vinson joined Reeves and Crabtree in double digit scoring for Cedar Ridge with 10 points. The Timberwolves hit 23-30 foul shots and finished with a pair of three pointers.
Davis joined Reinhart in double figures, tallying 10 points for Manila. Tanner scored eight while Smith and Kyle Joyner added seven points apiece. Matthew May pitched in four while Jake Helton chipped in one. Manila connected on 15-24 free throws and drained six treys on the evening. Both teams committed 18 turnovers each.
In junior high action, Manila blasted Cedar Ridge 52-14, outscoring the Timberwolves 36-3 over the final three quarters of play.
Brock Birmingham led the Lions with 14 points while Joel Burrow canned three treys on his way to an 11 point performance. Chris Carruth tallied eight, Dalton Hitchcock scored five, Annan Garrret and Kyle Bell tallied four points apiece while Logan Hamilton, Cade Cater and Ethan Navarro all chipped in two points apiece.
Manila returns to action Monday night when they play host to Hughes in a 3A-3 conference matchup. The junior Lions will participate in the Lion Classic beginning Tuesday night at Manila.