MARIO WHITLEY . . . has led a balanced FHS varsity boys’ offense this season. (News photo)
Eagle cagers are 10-0 at season's halfway point
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ basketball team is perfect at the halfway point of the regular season.
Last Monday evening, January 25, the Eagle cagers traveled to Tri-Valley Conference West Division leader Ithaca for a crossover contest.
‘Muth came home with a 64-42 win over the previously undefeated Yellowjackets.
FHS is currently 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the TVC East. The record also includes wins over Class A Saginaw Heritage High School and Harper Woods at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit. The Eagles are ranked No. 7 by the Associated Press in Class B while Ithaca was ranked No. 2 in the same poll in Class C.
Playing share-the-ball offense and stingy defense has been the winning formula for FHS Coach Andy Donovan and his squad.
“I’m just proud of the boys, how well they play together and compete every day,” Donovan said.
The Ithaca contest was a good example of their style. Ten Eagles found the scoring column, with sophomore Mario Whitley netting 18 points and pulling in eight rebounds. Aaron Haubenstricker posted 11 points and five boards, Zac Janson canned 11 points and Sam Bookmyer scored seven points.
The game started closely, with FHS taking a 10-9 first-quarter lead. However, a 22-9 second quarter propelled the red and gray to a 32-18 halftime lead. It was extended to 43-20 at the halfway point of the third quarter and the Eagles never looked back.
“This is a good, unselfish group of players,” Donovan said.
Ithaca drops to 10-2 overall and lost an overtime heartbreaker to Frankenmuth’s next opponent, Class B No. 8 ranked Alma. Ithaca also played FHS without one of their top players, Isaiah Hoag, who was injured.
‘Muth will play Alma at 7:30pm Thursday, January 28. The Panthers sit atop the TVC Central Division.
�solutely,” Donovan said when asked if Alma will give his team a formidable challenge. “They have 6-foot-9 Division 1 player in Dylan Carl and good guard play. They are a tough team.”
Donovan already has scouted Alma, as he did Ithaca.
“We always scout a lot but always talk more about us and what we do and can control,” Donovan pointed out.
Frankenmuth wrapped up the first half of TVC East play at Otisville-LakeVille on Friday, January 22. The Eagles got out to a 15-6 first quarter lead, led 33-20 at halftime and came home victorious, 68-36.
Senior guard Grant Reene paced FHS with 11 points. Grant Bronner chipped in with 10 points and five boards, Whitley scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds, Haubenstricker dropped in nine points and Jared Davis led the rebounders with eight boards.
Next week, FHS continues its string of nonconference tilts when it travels to Flint Powers Catholic on Tuesday, February 2, for a 7:30pm tip off. They come home to resume East action on Friday, February 5, against North Branch before heading to Bridgeport for a showdown against the Bearcats on Wednesday, February 10, at 7:30pm.
In the first match in Frankenmuth, the Eagles needed two overtime sessions to defeat Bridgeport, 67-62, on December 17.
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