Franklinton splits games in Tuesday’s summer basketball

Published 2:41 pm Friday, June 9, 2017

MANDEVILLE — Franklinton went 1-1 in the Raising Canes Mandeville Summer Basketball League on Tuesday at Mandeville High School.
Teams in the league play a pair of 20-minute halves with a running clock until the two-minute mark of each half. At that point, the clock stops on every whistle. Players fouled in the act of shooting are awarded one free-throw attempt that is worth the same number of points as the shot is.
Franklinton’s first game was an 80-58 loss to Slidell, as turnovers played a big role.
Slidell scored the game’s opening points 58 seconds into the contest, but T.Y. Pope hit a 3-pointer for Franklinton to give the Demons a 3-2 advantage.
The Tigers posted five straight to go up by four before Raisean Hart was fouled and hit a free throw to make it 9-5 with 15:41 on the clock.
Slidell tallied five in a row again and went up 14-5, but Pope hit Hart for three to stop the run and trim it to a 14-8 game.
Franklinton trailed, 17-12, with 11:02 left in the first half when Slidell began to pull away. The Tigers went on an 8-2 run and had a 25-14 lead.
Avant Monie downed a two-point free throw to get the lead to single digits with 6:46 left.
But Slidell broke the game open with a 14-0 run and had a 39-16 advantage with 1:52 to go.
Josh Boughton ended the run with a 3-pointer at the 1:45 mark and it was 39-19.
Slidell led 41-19 at halftime.
Franklinton began the second half with the ball, but the Tigers made a steal and layup for a 24-point lead.
The Demons then had a strong sequence. Pope followed up a miss with a dunk. Franklinton recorded a steal in the backcourt and Keandre Martin was fouled on the shot. He was successful on the free throw, trimming it to 43-23 with 18:05 left.
But Franklinton could get no closer than 18 at 57-39 with 11:16 remaining in the 80-58 loss.
Pope and Hart were the Demons’ leading scorers. Pope recorded 22 points and Hart had 19.
Lorenzo Hart scored six points for Franklinton. Monie had four while Boughton put up three and Martin and Albert Brohow posted two each.
Franklinton captured the second game Tuesday, 57-38, over Pearl River.
“We have a lot of young guys getting their first varsity experience, but we need to play with more consistent energy, remember our fundamentals and keep the game simple,” Franklinton coach Brad Oestriecher said.
After Tuesday’s games, the Demons moved to a 4-4 record in summer league play.

Franklinton’s T.Y. Pope takes a jumper during Tuesday’s game against Slidell at Mandeville High School. Pope scored 22 points in Tuesday’s opener.