Warriors use three-ball to drop Manila 78-60

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Lion junior Trenton Thomas applies defensive pressure on Westside's Avery Felts Friday night at Warrior Gym.  Westside used a three point barrage to subdue the Lions 78-60.

Westside dropped in 14 three-point bombs and went on to outscore Manila 78-60 Friday night at Warrior Gymnasium. The victory upped Westside’s overall record to 18-5 while the Warriors clinched the conference championship with a 15-1 mark.

Avery Felts poured in a game high 23 points to lead the Warriors. Three other Westside players hit double digits, led by Cullen Felkins’ 17. Riley Felkins scored 13 while Gage Sheffield banged home four three pointers and finished with 12 points.

Westside came out hot, pumping in five triples in the first quarter, including two each by Felts and Sheffield to grab a 30-15 advantage after the first break. The Warriors clung to a 16-13 lead at the 2:42 mark after Bradey Woodall canned a pair of treys, but Westside closed the period on a 14-2 run to take the 15-point advantage into the second stanza.

The Warriors continued to dial in from long range, getting three more triples in the second period, and held a 45-27 lead at the 1:45 mark. Joel Burrow ripped a three pointer and knocked down an inside bucket to help the Lions chop the Westside lead to 45-32 at intermission.

Westside outscored Manila 22-10 in the third quarter to take a 67-42 bulge into the final frame. The Warriors finished the period burying four three pointers, two each by Felts and Sheffield. Woodall came out smoking in the final period, connecting on three consecutive triples to close the Warrior lead to 67-51, but that was as close as the Lions would get.

Woodall finished with 22 points to pace Manila. Brock Birmingham scored 13 while Burrow added 12. Trenton Thomas scored four, Conner Belew had three while Daley Belew, Brian Gonzalez and Garrett Hart all added two points apiece. The Lions knocked down 10 three pointers as the two teams combined for 24 triples in the game.

Manila began the week with a 75-69 victory Tuesday night over Gosnell. The Lions held leads of 19-11 after the first quarter, 43-29 at the half and 60-52 after three periods of play.

Woodall scored a game high 24 points to lead the Lions. Burrow canned five three pointers and finished with 20 while Birmingham knocked down 17 points. Daley Belew tallied six, Thomas and Dalton Hitchcock added three points each while Conner Belew pitched in two points. Manila made 17-23 foul shots and dropped in eight three pointers.

Brandon Porter paced the Pirates with 17 points. Jorran Lewis scored 15, Mkylan Carruthers tallied 13 while Coby Keene added 11. Gosnell sank 8-14 charity tosses and drilled seven triples.

Manila hosted Brookland Wednesday night with the Bearcats coming out on top 43-39 in overtime. Brookland led 15-11 after the first period and 22-19 at halftime. Manila closed the gap to 29-27 after three quarters and the two teams ended regulation tied at 34-all. Brookland outscored Manila 9-5 in the overtime to secure the victory.

Braden Smith led Brookland with 15 points while Braxton Haff added 12. The Bearcats canned 16-18 foul shots and dropped in five three pointers.

Burrow paced Manila with 13 points while Birmingham added 12. Thomas scored six, Woodall had four, Abraham Lopez contributed three while Conner Belew added one point. Manila went 12-15 from the foul stripe and downed three triples.

The Lions will open district tournament play Tuesday night at Piggott. Manila will take on the host Mohawks at 8:30 p.m.

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