Second-half play pushes Eagles past LakeVille
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ basketball team has diversified its offense and turned up its defense over the past few weeks.
The Eagles have been playing without junior Mario Whitley, as he recovers from his right-hand injury. Mario averages 25 points a game.
‘Muth traveled to Otisville-LakeVille Thursday and earned a 52-40 Tri-Valley Conference East Division win. FHS is 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the TVC East.
Senior Grant Bronner and junior Sam Gray each scored 15 points and senior Jared Davis added 13 points. Seven players scored as the Eagles scored 37 of its 52 points in the second half.
FHS led 10-9 after one quarter of action but trailed 22-15 at halftime. Adjustments were made for a 16-3 third-quarter scoring spurt and a 21-point fourth quarter led to the 12-point margin of victory.
“The first half was kind of ugly. I was less concerned about being down at halftime and more concerned on how we were playing,” FHS Coach Andy Donovan said. “We needed to focus more on offense, play better and more together and the scoreboard would take care of itself.”
Bronner was 6 for 14 from the floor and contributed six rebounds, four assists and two steals. He made 13 of his 15 points in the second half. Gray canned three, three-point shots and was a perfect 6 for 6 from the free throw line. He added four boards and three assists. Davis was 4 for 7 from the field with three steals.
Senior Jack Gilmour pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and took one charging call. Donovan also singled out Stanley Trombley for his play on both ends of the floor.
“We did a better job in transition in the second half as well as our half-court execution. It was a nice response from the guys, playing with guys out of the lineup, on the road and playing a LakeVille team that already has three league wins this season,” Donovan said.
For the game, Frankenmuth was 14 for 29 from two-point range (48 percent), 3 for 12 from the three-point line (25 percent) and 15 for 23 from the free throw line (65 percent). The Eagles collected 25 rebounds, 12 steals, no blocks and 11 assists while committing 17 turnovers and 14 fouls.
There is good news on the injury for Donovan and his team. Whitley returned to the lineup this week and senior Aaron Haubenstricker will play for the first time this season. Haubenstricker suffered a shoulder injury in the state semifinal football game in mid-November. Plus, junior Zak Jacobs is expected to return on February 1 from his shoulder injury.
FHS traveled to Essexville Garber last night (January 17) and will return home for a TVC West Division crossover on Friday, January 20, at 7:30pm. The team could be Ithaca, Valley Lutheran or Hemlock. Next week, ‘Muth will travel to a TVC Central Alma for a crossover tilt at 7:30pm Friday, January 27 and then welcome Flint Powers Catholic for a non-league game at 7:30pm, Wednesday, February 1.
The away game at North Branch, postponed January 10 due to inclement weather, will be made up on Tuesday, January 24.
“This team is a lot of fun. This team can be a really good scoring team with the pieces we have and we have really made strides on defense,” Donovan stated.