Lions roar past Poinsett County foes Trumann and Harrisburg
Manila put four players in double figures in Friday night’s 84-67 win over Trumann. The Lions, 16-6 overall and 8-4 in conference play, led 21-13 after the first quarter before the Wildcats sliced the deficit to 39-35 at the half. Manila outscored Trumann 27-17 in the third period to increase their advantage to 66-52 entering the final frame.
Daley Belew poured in 22 points, all in the first half, to pace the Lions. Brock Birmingham scored 18, Bradey Woodall had 12 while Abraham Lopez dropped in 11. Dalton Hitchcock contributed seven, Trenton Thomas and Conner Belew netted six points apiece while Brian Gonzalez added two points. Manila was near perfect from the foul line, going 13-14. The Lions buried 13 three pointers on the night.
Sophomore Ben Turner dropped in a game high 31 points to lead the Wildcats. Trumann, now 10-12 on the season, made 13-21 charity tosses and nailed eight triples.
In the junior high game, Manila blasted the Wildcats 58-26. Jake Baltimore topped the Lions with 16 points. Ty Wagner scored 13, Brayden Mattingly had 12 while Austin Harmon added 11 points. Connor Jackson netted five while Tyler Perez chipped in one point to round out the offensive attack. The win ups the Junior Lion record to 16-4 overall and 11-1 in conference play. Manila has secured the number one seed in the upcoming junior district tournament.
Manila hosted Harrisburg Tuesday night and came away with a 74-59 victory over the Hornets. Three Lions combined for 60 of Manila’s 74-point total output. Woodall paced Manila with 21, Joel Burrow had 20 while Birmingham chipped in 19. Thomas netted five, Abraham Lopez contributed three while Conner Belew, Daley Belew and Gonzalez all dropped in two points each. Manila knocked down 12-13 foul shots and made four three pointers.
Harrisburg placed three players in double digits, led by Dylan Mathis, who scored 15. Walker Brown tallied 14 while Brennon Honeycutt finished with 13. The Hornets made 14-19 foul shots and drained five treys.
The Lions held a 17-13 lead after the first quarter before stretching their margin to 33-25 at intermission. Manila held a 52-44 lead entering the fourth period.
In junior high play, the Lions put 10 players in the scoring column in route to a 62-23 thrashing of the Hornets. Wagner pumped in 21 points to top Manila. Jaron Burrow scored nine, Harmon had eight, Baltimore tallied six, Perez and Dax Davison netted five points apiece, Mattingly contributed three while Connor Milligan and Matthew Gipson chipped in two points each. Drew Dogan added one point.
The Lions return to the hardcourt Tuesday night when they host Rivercrest. Manila will entertain Bay Thursday night before closing the week with a road trip Friday to Monette where they will face Buffalo Island Central.