Gosnell ousts Lions from Gerald Jennings Tourney

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Gosnell's Carlos Blackman pulls a rebound away from Lion players Jake Helton (5) and Jeremiah May (23) in Gerald Jennings Tournament action Thursday night at Lake City.

Gosnell used a balanced scoring attack and went on to subdue Manila 57-40 in the semifinals of the Gerald Jennings Holiday Tournament Thursday night at Lake City.

The Lions began the game with back to back three pointers from Bradey Woodall and Joel Burrow to take an early 6-4 lead. But consecutive buckets from Tabari Herron and Marcus McClain gave the Pirates the lead for good at 8-6. Gosnell increased their advantage to 17-13 after the first break.

The second quarter belonged to the Pirates as they outscored Manila 15-4 to take a 32-17 lead into the dressing room at intermission.

The Lions closed to within six points early in the fourth quarter before Gosnell put the game away while advancing to the championship round.

Carlos Blackmon led the Pirates with 14 points. Brandon Partee scored 12 while Tramaine Anderson added 11.

Woodall scored a game high 23 points to pace the Lions.

Manila advanced to the semifinals with a 49-38 victory over Armorel in the tournament's first round Monday. The Lions led 12-7 after the opening quarter, 24-15 at the half and 37-24 after three periods of play.

Woodall pumped in 27 points to top the Lions. Matthew May scored seven, Jeremiah May had five, Burrow and Jake Helton chipped in three points each while Logan Hamilton and Marcos Flores pitched in two points apiece.

Neiko Sorrentino paced the Tigers with 15 while Nash Winters added 11.

Manila downed Harrisburg 50-32 Tuesday night in nonconference action. Woodall and Jeremiah May led the Lions with 12 points apiece. Matthew May tallied seven, Helton scored six, Balew and Flores had four points apiece while Patrick Tanner netted three points. Burrow added two points to round out the Manila scoring attack.

The Lions return to action Tuesday night, hosting Hoxie in their 3A-3 conference opener. Manila will close the week with a conference tilt Friday night at Corning. The Lions will begin Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament action Saturday afternoon against Riverside. Tipoff is set for 4:30 at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University

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