Franklinton sweeps to conclude Northshore Summer Basketball League

Published 10:36 am Monday, June 30, 2014

Franklinton capped off the Northshore Summer Basketball League Tuesday with a sweep at Pelican Park in Mandeville.

The Demons began by downing Covington 67-37 in the opener before ending things with a 54-45 victory over Slidell.

The Demons had balanced scoring in the opener. Nick Burkhalter led the way with 15 points and Tray Anders was just a point behind.Quincy Stewart tallied eight and Azende T. Magee posted six on a pair of 3-pointers. Ethan Pittman and Jadwyn Warren each logged four and a host of players including Ryche Jenkins, Azende O. Magee, Born Smith, Darrius Dawson, K.J. Magee, Sam Smith, Gregory Brown and Resean Hart all had two.

“Covington had beat us by six earlier this year,” Franklinton coach Randall Ginn said. “The kids weren’t really happy about that. They felt they are a better team than Covington. We had a 20-point lead by halftime. Everybody’s taller than us, so we just ran the floor and we called some offensive sets especially with our ones and twos. We got some good looks on 3s with our sets. We didn’t shoot it well on Monday, but we did Tuesday.”

The scoring was a little bit more spread out against Slidell.

Anders paced the Demons with 21 points, which included three treys. Burkhalter scored eight points with Jenkins posting six. Warren, Stewart and Marcus Conerly all had four. Azende T. Magee had three points on a 3-pointer, while Smith and Azende O. Magee put up two.

“We had the opposite thing happen to us here,” Ginn said. “We had beat them by about 30 earlier this summer, so they had something to prove. We had a two-point lead at halftime. We had to fight off their best effort and overcame that. I don’t think we were ever really behind and if we were, it wasn’t by much. We stretched out halftime lead to about 13. We ran our offense late and learned how to play with the lead and that’s huge in summer league.”

The Demons finished the league with an 8-3-1 record and 12-6-1 overall, which included a camp they attended at SLU.

Ginn said it was a successful summer for the Demons.

“We beat some quality clubs this summer,” FHS coach Randall Ginn said. “Nobody swept us. At Southeastern, we beat some quality programs in Episcopal of Baton Rouge, St. Thomas Aquinas and Hattiesburg High.”

Ginn added they were able to play different teams at Pelican Park.

Many Northshore Summer Basketball League teams were Class 5A.