Lions corral Mustangs 58-43
Manila remained unbeaten on the year, posting a 58-43 victory over Buffalo Island Central Tuesday night at Lion Gym.
The Lions struggled early, as the Mustangs controlled the tempo while holding an 8-4 lead after the first break. Manila began to find the range in the second quarter, and pulled ahead at halftime, holding a slim 20-19 edge. The Lions began to build their lead in the third period, behind the scoring of Brock Birmingham and Joel Burrow, and managed a 40-30 advantage heading into the final frame. Manila pulled away in the fourth quarter to run their record to a perfect 5-0 on the season.
The Lions placed three players in double figures, led by Birmingham’s 21 points. Burrow pumped in 16 while Bradey Woodall finished with 10. Sophomore point guard Daley Belew scored eight points and Trenton Thomas added three. Manila connected on 12-15 foul shots and knocked down 10 three pointers on the night.
BIC (4-2) got 14 points from Chayse Carmichael and 11 more from Andrew McFarlin. Devin Pemberton netted nine, Canon Walling dropped in seven while Jesse Fry chipped in two points. The Mustangs hit 13-15 free throws and drained a pair of three pointers.
In junior high action, Manila crushed BIC 54-23. Ty Wagner paced the Lions with 14 points while Austin Harmon and Brayden Mattingly contributed 10 points apiece. Tyler Perez scored six, Dax Davison had five, Jaron Burrow tallied four while Jake Baltimore and Cameron Lee chipped in two points apiece. Adian Patino added one point. Manila struggled from the line, hitting just 10-27 attempts, but drained eight three pointers.
Matthew McMinn topped BIC with six points while Grady Peel and Brayden Carmichael scored five points apiece. Nathan Brinley and Parker Anderson contributed three points each while Tyler Pitts added one point. The Mustangs were 2-6 rom the foul stripe and hit three treys.
Manila will travel to Riverside Tuesday night to face the Rebels before closing the week with a road trip to Brookland on Friday.
The Mustangs go to Cross County Tuesday before completing their week with a road game Friday night at Armorel.