Caro ends FHS season, 61-51
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ basketball team’s post season was short-lived.
The Eagles opened their MHSAA Class B District No. 58 at Caro Monday evening and the host Tigers canned their free throws in a 61-51 overtime victory over FHS.
Caro, 10-11 overall, will face Millington tonight (March 6) at Mt. Morris. ‘Muth, which defeated Caro twice this year on its way to a share of the Tri-Valley Conference East Division title, ends its season at 15-6.
Millington advanced Monday with a convincing win over Mt. Morris.
Frankenmuth led 16-13 after one quarter of action and the game was tied at halftime, 26-26. FHS led by two after three quarters, 38-36 and knotted the game at the end of regulation, 47-47.
Caro missed a pair of game-winning baskets in the paint at the end of the fourth quarter and a three-quarter court shot at the horn as well.
But in overtime, the Tigers scored on their first two possessions and were 10 of 12 from the free throw line. For the game, Caro was 19 of 24 from the charity stripe while the Eagles were 8 of 14.
With Caro leading 51-49, the Tigers slowed down the tempo, forcing FHS to foul. Caro made their free throws.
Just four Caro players scored the 61 points, led by Chad Bennett with 22 points. Dustin Koelzer added 15 points, 11 boards and two blocked shots.
Zak Scherzer paced Frankenmuth with 11 points, canning three, three-point shots and both of his free throw attempts. Adam Bookmyer added 10 points, Sam Bookmyer scored nine points, Bryce Frahm totaled eight points, Zach Pendleton had five points and Joel Warnemuende and Devin Fischer posted three points each.
Caro won the district last year with the same four players who led them in scoring in this district opener.