Lions roll over opening season foes
Manila rolled over Ridgefield Christian 89-58 in their season opener Tuesday night at Lion Gym. Bradey Woodall and Joel Burrow knocked down four treys a piece and shared high scoring honors, pumping in 25 points each to lead the Lions. Brock Birmingham also notched double digits, scoring 12 points.
The Lions held a 21-17 edge at the end of the first quarter, but increased their margin to 42-30 at the half. Manila took a commanding 68-49 advantage into the fourth period.
Ean Dunton led the Warriors with 21 points. John Scholtens tallied 15 while Alex Burnett chipped in 12 more for Ridgefield Christian.
In the junior high contest, the Lions roared past the Warriors 57-36. Austin Harmon led the way for Manila with 18 points while Ty Wagner pitched in 17 more.
Manila crushed Corning 84-56 Friday night at Corning. The Lions jumped to a 32-13 lead after the first quarter before cruising to a 54-23 halftime advantage. Manila took a 76-44 advantage into the final frame.
Burrow had a big night for the Lions, ripping the nets for 25 points, including seven three pointers, while Woodall pumped in 20 more. Birmingham and Abraham Lopez both scored nine, Conner Belew had seven, Dalton Hitchcock netted six, Trenton Thomas contributed five while Anthony Lopez added two. Coby Hollis added one point to round out the Lion scoring attack. Manila struggled from the foul line, hitting 18-29 attempts, but drained 14 treys.
Clint Hovis topped Corning with 14 points while Lucas Barajas added 10.
In junior high action, Corning defeated the Lions 52-47. Jayden Wiedeman poured in 25 points to lead the Bobcats. Wagner paced Manila with 15 while Tyler Perez had 10. Harmon, Jake Baltimore and Matthew Gipson all added six points while Brayden Mattingly tallied four.
Manila returns to play Tuesday night with a road trip to Paragould where the Lions will take on Crowley’s Ridge Academy. Manila returns home Friday night to face the Armorel Tigers.