Lions roar past Rebels 67-51

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Manila's Brock Birmingham drives past Riverside's Keech Wilmoth for two of his game high 21 points in Tuesday night's senior high matchup at Lake City. Birmingham helped lead the Lions to a 67-51 win over the Rebels.

Manila seemed sluggish at times, but had its way with Riverside, posting a 67-51 victory over the Rebels Tuesday night at Lake City. The Lions raced to a 25-13 lead after the first quarter, and took a 41-23 advantage into the locker room at the half. Manila maintained its 18-point lead, 55-37, entering the fourth quarter.

Manila placed three players in double figures, led by senior Joel Burrow, who pumped in a game high 24 points. Brock Birmingham scored 14 while Conner Belew dropped in 13 more. Daley Belew tallied nine, Bradey Woodall had five while Trenton Thomas completed the scoring with two points. The Lions sank 16-23 foul shots and banged home nine three pointers.

Ethan Cash topped Riverside with 16 points while Dillon Turner and Landon Moyer also hit double digits, scoring 12 and 11 points respectively. Keech Wilmoth netted eight while Demo Bowers and Steven Stroud finished with two points each. The Rebels hit 6-8 free throws and made three treys.

Riverside's Demo Bowers is surrounded by a trio of Lion defenders Tuesday night at Lake City.

In the Senior B game, Riverside squeezed past Manila 43-40. Wilmoth paced the Rebels with 23 points while Justin Berry added 10. Gage Crews scored five, Ryan Austin tallied three while Stroud pitched in two points.

Abraham Lopez scored a game high 24 points to lead the Lions. MicheaI Jorgensen netted seven, Brian Gonzalez had four, Coby Hollis contributed three while Anthony Lopez added two points.

In junior high action, Manila throttled Riverside 55-20. Ty Wagner led the Lions with 17 points, Austin Harmon scored 14 while Brayden Mattingly chipped in 10 points. Tyler Perez netted four, Dax Davison and Jaron Burrow pitched in three points apiece while Drew Dogan and Adian Patino added two points each.

Ethan Boatman led Riverside with six points, J.M. Shinall and Brennen Laird tallied four points each, Grayson Emery netted three while Dawson Casey scored two points. A.J Chamness added one point.

Manila traveled to Brookland Friday night and fell to the Bearcats in a low scoring affair, 41-23. Brookland zipped out to a 15-4 lead after the first quarter and pushed their margin to 24-10 at the half. The Bearcats held a commanding 31-14 advantage after three periods of play.

Braden Smith topped Brookland with 11 while Douglas Fennimore added 10. Burrow paced the Lions with nine points.

The loss was Manila’s first on the season as their record dropped to 6-1.

In junior high play, Brookland edged the Lions 46-42.

Manila returns to action Tuesday night with a key conference matchup against Osceola at Lion Gym, and will close the week with a road trip Friday night to Harrisburg.

Riverside fell in the quarterfinals of the Williams Baptist College Tournament Wednesday night at Walnut Ridge, dropping a 59-52 decision to Corning, despite a 33-point performance from Ethan Cash. Dillon Turner also hit double digits, scoring 10 points.

Clint Hovis paced Corning with 12 points while Cole Woodard, Luke Rogers and Seth George all added 10 points apiece.

Riverside held a slim 21-20 edge after the opening quarter and pushed their lead to 39-31 at the half. Corning stormed back in the third period, outscoring the Rebels 18-5 to grab a 49-44 lead heading into the final frame.

Riverside will play host to Gosnell on Tuesday. The Rebels will also participate in this week’s Gerald Jennings Tournament at Armorel.

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