Lions split in Ronnie Brogdon Christmas Classic
Manila traveled to Highland to participate in the Ronnie Brogdon Christmas Classic and came away with a 73-52 win over Melbourne before falling to 7A Springdale Har-Ber 78-64.
In Wednesday’s win over the Bearkatz, Manila had four players register double digits, led by Bradey Woodall’s game high 18 points. Joel Burrow followed closely with 16 while Daley Belew and Abraham Lopez both pumped in 14 points apiece. Anthony Lopez scored three while Conner Belew, Brock Birmingham, Trenton Thomas and Coby Hollis all added two points each.
Gabe Lawrence topped Melbourne with 15 points while Kolten Smith and Riley Gray added 12 and 11 points respectively.
Manila held a 15-7 lead after the first break and outscored the Bearkatz 16-1 in the second stanza to take a 31-8 lead at the half. The Lions moved ahead 56-31 after three periods of play.
The Lions took on Springdale Har-Ber Thursday night, where Lion coach Lee Wimberley faced off against his former high school coach Scott Bowlin. Manila fell behind 31-12 after the first quarter and trailed 46-30 at halftime. The Lions trimmed the Wildcat lead to 57-47 entering the final frame. Twice in the fourth quarter, Manila sliced the Har-Ber advantage to six, but could get no closer.
Burrow poured in 23 points to pace the Lions while Woodall drained five treys and finished with 21. Birmingham scored 11 while Daley and Conner Belew added five and four points respectively.
Tylor Perry led the Wildcats with 22 points while Tyler Garrett pitched in 16.
Manila (11-3) closed the tournament with a Friday afternoon game against Highland. The Lions will return to regular season play Friday, Jan. 5, with a road trip to Gosnell.