Lions grind out 41-132 win over Colts

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Manila outscored Rivercrest 17-3 in the fourth quarter to rally past the Colts for a 41-32 victory in 3A-3 conference action Friday night at Wilson.

The two teams slugged it out for the first three periods, each struggling to put points on the board. The Lions began the game, opening up a 14-5 lead, before settling for a seven point advantage after the first break.

Matthew May drives through the lane for two of his 13 points, helping the Lions rally past Rivercrest 41-32 Friday night in 3A-3 conference basketball action. (Town Crier photos/Trent Fletcher)

Rivercrest began to whittle away at the Lion lead early in the second quarter. Aron Hopewell popped a 10-foot jumper and followed with a three pointer to trim the Manila advantage to just two points. Carl Williams, who had five blocks in the first half, came up with a steal and laid in the tying bucket at the 3:39 mark. Bruce Parker's free throw with 3:17 left in the half gave the Colts their first lead of the night, 15-14. Marcel Thomas scored on the inside at the 2:11 mark, putting Rivercrest on top 19-16, but the Lions closed the half with a 5-0 run, getting a pair of Bradey Woodall free throws and a three point play from Matthew May to take a 21-19 edge at intermission.

Joel Burrow opened the third quarter, burying a three pointer, to push the Lion lead to 24-19, but that would be the only points of the period for Manila. Rivercrest dominated the rest of the quarter, outscoring the Lions 10-0 to take a 29-24 advantage into the final frame.

Colt junior Preston Nichols defends Lion sophomore Joel Burrow during Manila's 3A-3 conference battle Friday night at Rivercrest.

Trailing by three points midway through the last stanza, Woodall stole a Colt pass, drove the length of the floor, scored, and was fouled. Woodall sank the "and one" and the game was tied 31 apiece. The 5'10" sophomore connected on four consecutive free throws over the next two minutes, giving Manila a 35-31 advantage at the 3:50 mark.

Robert Banks dropped in a free throw with 3:46 remaining to slice the Lion lead to 35-32. It would prove to be the last Colt point of the night as the Lion defense shut out Rivercrest the rest of the way. Manila put the game on ice, reeling off the game's last six points to improve to 13-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

"It was the ugliest game I've ever been a part of, without a doubt," said Lion Coach Lee Wimberley. "Free throws, offense, you name it, it was ugly. The third quarter was terrible. I thought we played timid, which is unlike us, but we went to man defense in the fourth period and I thought it changed the tone of the game. We took several charges. I thought Jake Helton had a great fourth quarter, pulling down eight rebounds and taking two charges. Joel Burrow stood tough and took a charge that broke his nose. It was a gutsy fourth quarter performance and I am very proud of them. This was a huge conference road win."

Woodall led Manila with 16 points while Matthew May chipped in 13. Helton scored seven and pulled down 12 rebounds. Burrow tallied three while Logan Hamilton added two points. The Lions finished 16-28 from the foul stripe and made one three pointer.

Hopewell topped the Colts with nine points. Rivercrest made five of 12 foul shots and hit one trey.

Manila won the junior high matchup 46-40. Brock Birmingham drilled five three pointers and finished with a game high 24 points to pace the Lions. Lane Sims scored 13, Abraham Lopez tallied eight while Trenton Thomas added one point. Manila hit 11-19 charity tosses and banged home seven triples on the night.

Manila freshmen Brock Birmingham (left) and Abraham Lopez battle for a rebound during the Junior Lion's 47-40 victory over Rivercrest Friday night at Wilson.

Demilon Brown scored 16 points to lead the Colts.

The Lions began the week with a hard fought 61-55 victory over Piggott Tuesday night at Lion Gym. Manila led 13-9 after the first break, 28-25 at the half and 40-38 after three quarters.

Matthew May led Manila with 18 points, Woodall had 17 while Burrow scored 14. Patrick Tanner pitched in six while Helton, Hamilton and Jeremiah May added two points each. The Lions finished 18-27 from the foul line and drained seven treys.

Nick Harris topped the Mohawks with 21 points. Piggott hit 12-17 free throws and drained three treys.

In junior high play, Manila doubled up Piggott 56-28. Birmingham scored a game high 20 points while Lopez followed closely with 19. Thomas and Ethan Navarro tallied six points apiece, Sims had three while Greg Patterson added two points.

Trey Gossett led the Mohawks with 12 points.

Manila returns to action Tuesday night, hosting Ridgefield Christian in nonconference action at Lion Gym. The Lions return to conference play Friday night with a road trip to Hoxie.

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