Lions dump Brookland 65-49

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Manila placed three players in double figures, led by Joel Burrow's 20-point performance, as the Lions downed Brookland 65-49 in senior high basketball action Tuesday night at Brookland.

Manila roared to a 19-3 lead after the opening break and held a 30-18 advantage at the half. The Lions maintained their 12-point lead and led 46-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Bradey Woodall pumped in 16 points while Dylon Carruth chipped in 11. Matthew May and Brock Birmingham tacked on eight points each while Conner Belew added two. Manila drained 11-14 foul shots and canned eight three pointers.

Braxton Haff knocked down five three pointers and finished with a game high 23 to lead the Bearcats while David Ballard pitched in 18 more. Brookland connected on 16-28 free throws and drilled six three pointers.

In junior high action, Brookland rolled past Manila 60-40. Austin Harmon topped the Lions with 16 while Daley Belew added 14. Brian Gonzalez scored six while Ty Wagner and Anthony Lopez chipped in two points apiece.

Osceola outscored Manila 24-11 over the final 4:30 of the fourth quarter and rallied past the Lions 87-79 Friday night at Lion Gym. The Seminoles grabbed a 23-12 lead after the opening quarter, but Manila sliced the margin to 39-34 at the half. The Lions continued to claw closer and cut the Osceola lead to just a single point, 56-55, after the third period.

Manila completed their comeback and held a 68-63 advantage at the 4:36 mark, but the Seminoles closed strong and overtook the Lions, remaining unbeaten in conference play.

Burrow had a huge night for Manila, scoring a game high 32 points, while Woodall poured in 21 more. Matthew May tallied eight, Birmingham and Belew netted six points each while Carruth, Jeremiah May and Dalton Hitchcock all chipped in two points each. Manila was sharp from the foul stripe, connecting on 28-32 attempts. The Lions hit seven three pointers on the night.

Makai Caruthers paced the Seminoles with 26 points. Steveon Fowler contributed 20 while Derrell Brown chipped in 13. Osceola canned 20-30 foul shots and sank five three pointers.

In junior high action, Belew dropped in a game high 34 points to help the Lions stop Osceola 49-42. Manila led 9-5 after the opening quarter, 20-18 at the half and 36-26 entering the final frame.

Harmon scored five, Gonzalez and Lopez had four points each while Wagner added two. Manila made 9-10 free throws and drilled four three pointers.

DeAnthony Poole led Osceola with 11 while Dan Newsome chipped in 10.

Manila travels to Harrisburg Tuesday night before closing the week with a home game Friday night against the Trumann Wildcats.

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