Lions open season with wins over Ridgefield and Riverside

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Riverside guard Justin Berry applies pressure to Manila senior Bock Birmingham during Friday night's senior high match-up at Lake City.

Manila stormed out of the gate and jumped to a 23-6 lead in the first quarter en route to a 63-20 drubbing over rival Riverside Friday night at Lake City.

The Lions increased their margin to 34-16 at the half, with the help of three treys in the second quarter. Senior Brock Birmingham dropped in a bomb, followed by back to back triples from Abraham Lopez. The third quarter belonged solely to Manila, who outscored the Rebels 21-0 in the frame to take a commanding 55-16 lead. The Lions canned five more three pointers during the surge.

Daley Belew pumped in 22 points to pace the Lions while Birmingham added 17 more. Lopez scored nine, Brayden Mattingly netted six, Ty Wagner tallied three while Trenton Thomas, Austin Harmon and Matthew McMinn all added two points each. Manila finished five of seven from the foul stripe and hit a blistering 10-21 three pointers. The Manila defense forced 23 Rebel turnovers.

Rebel sophomore Brennen Laird fires a jumper during Riverside's Friday night game against Manila.

Riverside was led by M.J. Wilkinson’s six points. Steven Stroud and Ethan Boatman tallied four points apiece while Traven Weaver, A.J. Chamness and Grant Smith all pitched in two points apiece.

In the junior high contest, Manila blasted Riverside 49-23. Dax Davison paced Manila with 14 points while Jake Baltimore added 13. Nunnally netted nine, Dogan contributed five, Carruth pitched in four while Perez and Smith dropped in two points each.

John Marcus Shinall paced the Rebels with 13. Carl Gallapoo scored four while Trae Barnes and Easton Hatch added three points apiece.

Manila kicked off the 2018-2019 season with a 66-39 victory Tuesday night over Ridgefield Christian. The Lions held a slim 14-10 lead after the first quarter before expanding their advantage to 38-19 at the half. Manila took a 58-30 lead into the final frame.

Birmingham paced the Lions with 22 points while Belew and Thomas added 16 points each. Wagner scored eight, Lopez had three while McMinn added one point. Manila canned 21-27 free throws and drained five three pointers.

In junior high action, Manila defeated Ridgefield 52-35 behind Baltimore’s 21 points. Nunnally added 10 while Davison chipped in nine. Carruth and Smith tallied four points each while Perez and Cossey chipped in two points apiece.

Manila returns to action Tuesday with a home game against Crowley’s Ridge Academy. The Lions will tackle Monticello in the Brookland Tournament Thursday.

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