Warriors use late run to overcome Lions, 65-52
Westside used a late 11-0 run to overcome Manila, 65-52, Tuesday night at Lion Gym. The Warriors raced to a 19-11 lead after the first period before the Lions rallied in the second stanza, closing the gap to 24-23 at halftime. Manila continued to surge in the third quarter, and took an eight point advantage before Westside stormed back, squaring the game at 39-all entering the final frame.
The score see-sawed back and forth throughout the fourth quarter. Trailing 50-47 with just 3:00 left, Joel Burrow knocked down a three pointer to tie the game 50-50. But Westside’s Avery Felts answered with a long triple from beyond the top of the key to put the Warriors ahead, 53-50. Manila misfired on its next two trips down the floor, and Westside’s Gage Sheffield made them pay when he drained consecutive treys to push the Warrior lead to nine. Another Westside bucket capped off the 11-0 run, giving the Warriors an insurmountable 61-50 lead.
Felts scored a game high 21 points to pace the Warriors. Riley Felkins was close behind, pumping in 20, while Sheffield added 11. Westside (10-4), canned 13-16 foul shots and banged home eight treys.
Manila (13-5) got 20 points from Burrow and 15 from Bradey Woodall. Brock Birmingham scored nine, Trenton Thomas had five while Daley Belew had three. The Lions made 7-8 charity tosses and drilled nine three pointers.
In junior high action, Manila outscored Westside 47-38. The Lions placed three players in double figures, led by Austin Harmon’s game high 17-point performance. Ty Wagner tallied 12 and Brayden Mattingly added 10. Jake Baltimore contributed five while Tyler Perez pitched in three points.
Manila’s Friday night contest against Riverside was cancelled due to inclement weather. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.
The Lions play host to Brookland Tuesday night before finishing the week with a road trip Friday to Osceola.