ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria set the tone and Frankton was able to play through it here Friday night.
The Tigers made sure the game was physical and the Eagles prevailed 59-39.
Frankton pushed to a 23-9 advantage after one quarter and the outcome was never seriously in doubt. “This game was good for us,” said Frankton coach Brent Brobston. “Alexandria was well-prepared, but I thought we did a good job of fighting through it.”
Aaron Korn and Jordan Reeves each scored seven points in the opening quarter as the Eagles missed only three shots in putting up that 14-point lead.
From there, Alexandria coach Kyle Bloom put an immediate goal in front of his team. “I told them, ‘Let’s go out and win a quarter,’ and we did that,” he said. Certainly they did. Frankton won the second quarter 7-4 to trail 27-16 at intermission.
“We battled,” said Bloom. “To hold a team like that to four points in a quarter is something. That’s one of the top three or four teams in the state in our class.”
In the third quarter Frankton regained its domination, winning the period 20-6 to put the game completely out of reach.
“Defensively is where we won the game without a doubt,” said Brobston. “It was great for us to have a game like that. We needed that.”
The Eagles had five players score seven or more points. Korn topped the scoresheet with 16 points, hitting 5-of-11 shots. Point guard Austin Compton had 10 points and eight rebounds. Reeves finished with 11 points and nine rebounds as Frankton won the rebound battle 34-23.
The Tigers had just one player score in double digits, Blaize Kelly, who had 12 points and five rebounds. He hit 5-of-8 from the field, but the rest of the team was 9-of-36.
“This stage was like a sectional game,” said Bloom. “Since the sectional will be played here, I am glad we got this game out of the way. I thought we were a little nervous to start the game and took some shots that weren’t the way we play.”
Both teams protected the ball well. Alexandria had 10 turnovers to nine for the Eagles.
The No. 5-ranked Eagles are 17-2 and will travel to Muncie Central on Tuesday for their next game. Alexandria is now 9-11 and will end the regular season next Friday at home against Wes-Del.