Second half explosion sends Lions past BIC 67-57
Manila used a 26-3 second half run and rallied past Buffalo Island Central for a come from behind 67-57 victory in senior boys basketball action Friday night at Lion Gym.
Manila trailed 42-31 with 2:10 left in the third quarter, but closed the stanza on a 12-0 run to grab a 43-42 edge heading into the final frame. Bradey Woodall started the Lion comeback with a three-point play. Brock Birmingham followed with a pair of free throws and a three pointer from deep in the right corner, and suddenly, Manila was within 42-39. With just four seconds remaining in the period, Woodall was fouled, but before the junior guard could attempt the front end of the one and one, the Mustang bench was hit with a technical foul. Woodall strolled to the line and calmly knocked down four consecutive free throws to give the Lions a one point lead.
Manila used its newfound momentum and outscored BIC 14-3 over the first 4:30 of the last stanza to take a commanding 57-45 lead with 3:31 remaining in the game. Joel Burrow popped a three to begin the fourth period, but a pair of Trey DePriest free throws cut the Lion lead to 46-44. Manila answered with an offensive stick-back from Abraham Lopez, and another triple by Burrow. Birmingham's 12-foot baseline jumper pushed the Lion advantage to 53-44 at the 4:50 mark. Andrew McFarlin stopped the Lion run momentarily with a free throw, but Conner Belew banged home a trey, followed by a Woodall free throw, and Manila was up 12 with 3:31 showing on the clock. The Lions coasted the rest of the way home, picking up their 15th victory against nine losses.
The Mustangs held a 12-8 lead after the opening quarter, getting three pointers from Miles Gifford and Chayse Carmichael. BIC maintained its lead throughout most of the second stanza before a pair of Burrow foul shots put the Lions on top, 21-20, at the 1:10 mark. McFarlin knotted the game with a free throw of his own before Carmichael drained a trey just before the halftime buzzer, giving the Mustangs a 24-21 lead at intermission.
"When we were down 11, we called timeout, talked things over, and I thought after that we turned things around," said Lion Coach Lee Wimberley. "As our defense goes, we go. We are still going to win or lose games on defense, and I thought we played good defensively down the stretch and rebounded well. The technical foul was obviously a big call and Bradey came through, knocking down all four free throws. I thought with Matthew in foul trouble, both Bradey and Belew picked up the slack and played well. Joel and Brock on the inside were just dominant on the glass, especially in the second half, and I think that's what won us the game."
Woodall led all scorers with 22 points. Burrow and Birmingham knocked down 14 points apiece while Matthew May scored nine. Belew had six while Lopez chipped in two points. The Lions connected on 22-29 free throws and buried 11 three pointers.
DePriest paced the Mustangs with 19 points while McFarlin added 16 points and eight rebounds. Carmichael netted 11, Gifford tallied nine while Blaine Wildy added two points. BIC sank 14-18 foul shots and drilled seven treys.
In junior high action, Manila powered its way past BIC 43-24. Austin Harmon led the Lions with 18 points while Daley Belew scored nine. Ty Wagner netted five, Anthony Lopez tallied four, Brian Gonzalez, Greg Patterson and Alex Estell all chipped in two points each while Emery Garrett added one point. Manila made 8-12 charity tosses and hit three treys.
Jesse Fry paced the Mustangs with 14 while Juan Gomez tallied five. John Garrett Edwards scored three while Tate Schooley dropped in two points. BIC sank 10-15 free throws and made a pair of three pointers.
Manila vs. Rivercrest
Manila lost to Rivercrest 57-53 Tuesday night at Wilson. The Colts grabbed a 12-5 lead after the first break and held a 26-22 advantage at the half. Rivercrest increased its margin to 44-38 after three quarters.
Aaron Hopewell led the Colts with 14 points while Bruce Parker and Demilon Brown chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively. Rivercrest canned 19-30 free throws and connected for three treys.
Woodall scored a game high 21 to lead the Lions. Burrow tallied 15, Matthew May had six, Belew and Jeremiah May contributed four points each while Dalton Hitchcock tallied three. Dylan Carruth chipped in two points to round out the Lion offensive attack. Manila hit 13-20 foul shots and drained four three pointers.
In the junior high game, Manila downed RIvercrest 40-25. Belew led the way with nine points, Gonzalez scored eight, Wagner had six, Harmon, Lopez and Garrett all pitched in five points while Garrett Hart added two points.
Manila closes out the regular season by hosting Gosnell Tuesday night and Westside on Friday.
BIC vs. Marked Tree
BIC fell 73-62 in double overtime to Marked Tree Tuesday night at Monette. The Mustangs went up 11-6 after the first quarter before falling behind 20-19 at the half. The Indians took a 39-37 edge into the final frame.
DePriest pumped in 32 points, including eight three pointers, while also pulling down 10 rebounds, to lead the Mustangs. McFarlin scored 10, Carmichael and Gifford tallied six points apiece while Cory Turner and Wildy pitched in four points each. BIC sank 10-17 free throws and nailed 10 three pointers.
Marquel Perry paced Marked Tree with 16 points. Colby Malone scored 15 while Julien Booker added 11. The Indians nailed 11-17 charity tosses and banged home six three pointers.
In junior high action, BIC galloped past Marked Tree 51-22. Edwards led the Mustangs with 13 points while Fry and Schooley added 12 and 10 points respectively.