Lions begin conference play with pair of victories

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Manila opened its bid to retain their 3A-3 conference championship with a pair of league victories last week. The Lions slipped past Hoxie 67-64 Tuesday night on the road in their conference opener before knocking off Corning 64-52 Friday night at home.

The Lions (7-5 2-0 3A-3) rallied late in their three point win over Hoxie. Caleb Reinhart paced Manila with a 22 point effort while Thomas Davis and Matthew May pumped in 17 and 15 points respectively.

Tristan Sisco led the Mustangs with 20 points. Noah Adamson scored 18 while James Johnson chipped in 16 points.

Manila rolled in the junior high contest, posting a 49-18 victory.

The Lions also had to use a fourth quarter rally to overcome Corning Friday night. The Bobcats held an 18-15 lead after the opening period of play before Manila fought back to tie the contest at 25 all by the half. Corning took a slim 39-38 edge into the final frame.

Reinhart led the Lions with 19 points while Davis drained four three pointers en route to a 14 point performance. Seth Grissom and Jake Helton finished with nine points apiece.

Noah Bass led the Bobcats with 14 points while Tim McMasters added 13.

Manila took the junior high game 50-37 behind Brock Birmingham's 18 points.

Manila returns to the hard court Tuesday afternoon in the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament in Jonesboro. The eighth seeded Lions will take on ninth seeded Cave City in a 1:30 tipoff at the Convocation Center.

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