Eagle cagers fend off Powers, 55-50
Sharing the basketball is key to the team's offensive diversity
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ basketball team held off a hard-charging Flint Powers Catholic, winning the nonconference battle 55-50, on February 2.
The host Chargers led 10-9 after one quarter of play, however, the Eagles exploded for a 21-8 second quarter advantage, giving ‘Muth a 30-18 lead.
Powers clipped the lead to 44-37 with eight minutes left to play. A 13-11 Chargers’ advantage was not enough to overcome Frankenmuth, now 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the Tri-Valley Conference East Division.
Sophomore Mario Whitley paced ‘Muth with 23 points. He was 7 for 11 from two-point range, 2 for 3 from the three-point line and made all three free throw attempts. He had a team-high three steals.
Senior Zac Janson scored 11 points, including a pair of treys, and was 3 for 4 at the free throw line.
Senior Grant Reene was the leading rebounder with seven caroms. Senior Brady Wood and junior Grant Bronner each dished four assists and senior Sam Bookmyer totaled five boards, two blocked shots and took three charges.
As a team, Frankenmuth was 17 for 30 from two-point range, (57 percent), 4 for 15 from the three-point line (27 percent) and 9 for 13 from the free throw line (69 percent). The team collected 27 rebounds, five blocked shots, eight steals, 14 assists and three charging calls while committing 14 turnovers and just six fouls.
Last Friday evening, the Eagles made quick work of North Branch, 80-26.
The ‘Muth sharpshooters were on target from long range, taking a 26-7 first quarter lead and following a 32-point second quarter explosion, went into halftime leading 58-16 to force a second-half running clock.
During the final 16 minutes, FHS outscored the Broncos, 22-10.
Whitley canned 15 points to lead the red and gray and pulled down eight boards. Bronner chipped in with 14 points and four steals and Wood and backcourt mate Janson each netted 12 points. All 13 players found the scoring column.
Following the triumph over North Branch, Frankenmuth takes on Bridgeport (10-3, 5-3) on the Bearcats’ home court tonight (February 10) and hosts Essexville-Garber (7-5, 4-3) for FHS Comehoming on Friday, February 12. Tip-off is around 7:30pm, following the 6pm junior varsity game.
Next week, ‘Muth has one final nonconference game, set for Tuesday, February 16, at Flint Kearsley (3-10, 2-8). That game will begin at 7pm. On Friday, February 19, TCV East foe Caro (1-6, 2-9) visits for an approximate 7:30pm tip-off.
Offensive balance and sharing the ball has been the Eagle varsity hallmark this season as they have averaged over 63 points per contest.
Six players are scoring seven or more points per game. Through 13 games, Whitley is averaging 15.3 points per game (199 points total) and has 106 boards. Reene is averaging 8.8 points, followed by Wood (8.5 points), Janson (7.8 points) and Bronner (7.5 points).
Frankenmuth is averaging 52 percent from two-point range, 33 percent from the three-point line and 65 percent from the free throw line. The team has amassed 269 boards, 32 blocked shots, 161 steals, 201 assists and taken 14 charging calls while committing 156 turnovers and 177 fouls.
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