Franklinton downs Lakeshore

Published 10:29 am Friday, February 19, 2016

Franklinton had a 20-0 run during the first quarter and a 13-1 spurt in the second, before going on to an 81-50 victory over Lakeshore on Alumni Night at FHS on Tuesday.

Lakeshore took a 3-0 lead in the District 8-4A contest 1:04 into the game when Christian Jones hit his first of five 3-pointers that accounted for his 15 points.

Then Franklinton took off. The Demons scored 20 unanswered points. It began when Nick Burkhalter, who had 20 points, including two 3-pointers, drove baseline on the ensuing possession and trimmed it to 3-2. Tray Anders, who led all scorers with 23 points, including four 3-pointers, put up the next five on a three and a layup to make it 7-3 at the 5:48 mark.

Raisean Hart, who posted five points, grabbed an offensive rebound and hit the putback. Burkhalther knocked down a three with 4:32 left, as did Anders at 3:54 and it was 15-3.

Azende O. Magee, who had eight, got inside for two and Anders nailed a three with 2:41 on the clock, giving the Demons a 20-3 advantage.

But Lakeshore worked the lead down. The Titans put up the period’s final five points on a three by Jones and an offensive board and putback from Dillon Smith.

The Demons led 22-8 after one.

Franklinton’s Darrius Dawson, who had four points, opened the second-quarter scoring with a field goal for a 24-8 lead, but Lakeshore scored nine straight to trim it to seven.

C.J. Ivy and Jones both hit a three, Nate Faciane was good on a field goal and Lon Levy split from the free-throw line.

The lead was down to 24-17 with 4:04 to go in the first half.

“We’ve been real fortunate this year with a lack of injuries and lack of discipline issues,” Franklinton coach Randall Ginn said. “We’ve had some things rear its heads this week in the two short days this week, and it distracted us greatly today.

“It threw off our rotations and we’ve got to get everybody back on the same page to move to where we want to be in the playoffs.

“I didn’t think that happened early tonight. I thought the 20-0 run was fine, but then when those kids had to come out, those rotations were thrown off and they got it back to seven,” Ginn said.

But the Demons responded and did so in a big way, as Franklinton went on a 13-1 run.

Burkhalter split from the line at the 3:14 mark, before a backcourt steal resulted in Anders hitting a bucket, getting the and one and converting the free throw.

Burkhalter hit a three and then grabbed an offensive board before hitting the putback to make it a 16-point game.

Ivy, who had 15 points, including four threes, hit 1-of-2 from the line, but Burkhalter hit a pair of free throws and a layup.

The Demons led 37-18 with 29 seconds second left and 37-20 by halftime.

“We didn’t play with massive intensity tonight,” Ginn said. “Some of that is natural when you’re playing teams you already beat in the first round. No matter what I say to them, it’s a natural tendency to let down just a little bit.

“The Cavaliers have letdowns. All of these pro teams have letdowns. We had a letdown early. I didn’t think we played with intensity, but what I liked at the end is that our leading scorer on the last play that he was in with three minutes and something to go is diving on the floor for a loose ball. That’s what I like to see. That early stuff, we were standing around watching.”

After the 13-1 run, Lakeshore was only able to get as close as 37-25 early in the second half, as the Demons went on for the 31-point win.

The win put Franklinton at 21-6 overall and 6-1 in district heading into yesterday’s contest against Pearl River.

Jadwynn Warren, Peter Williams, Zach Riley and T.Y. Pope all scored four points for FHS while Azende T. Magee had three in the win.

Ten players tallied points for Franklinton.

Lakeshore’s Faciane finished with seven while Marquis Jackson posted four, Levi recorded three and Smith, Cordié Bennett and Hunter Dean all had two.

At halftime, former Franklinton honored former basketball players.

In last Friday’s action, Anders scored 23 points, as 12 Demons hit the scoring column in an 81-48 District 8-4A victory over Loranger on the road Friday.

Azende O. Magee scored 17 points, made nine steals and dished out seven assists. Jadwynn Warren tallied 10 points for the Demons.

Sam Smith put up six points while Darrius Dawson and Nick Burkhalter both had five.

Azende. T Magee posted four, Peter Williams recorded three and Adrian Fox, Resean Hart, Dijimon Jenkins and T.Y. Pope all added two.

Hart also had seven steals and blocked three shots.

Franklinton shot 59 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

The Demons hit six 3-pointers. Warren had two while Anders, Williams, Dawson and Azende O. Magee all had one.

Defensively, the Demons held Loranger to 27 percent field-goal shooting, and forced 30 turnovers.