FRANKTON — The Frankton Eagles decided they wanted the fate of the conference championship to back in their hands.
To do that they applied a strangling defensive grip on the Mississinewa Indians and came away with a 55-32 victory here Friday night.
In the middle two quarters the visitors were limited to five free throws and no field goals. That turned a 13-11 deficit after one quarter into a 38-18 advantage. It was nearly three minutes into the final period before the Indians hit their first field goal since the first quarter.
“Defense was a point of emphasis all week for us,” said Frankton coach Brent Borbston. “I thought Nick Wright did a great job defensively. Obviously Jordan’s (Reeves) presence on the interior was huge for us.”
The Eagles opened the game in a 1-2-2 zone, three-quarter court press with Aaron Korn at the top. The zone lasted one quarter and really didn’t have a strong effect on Mississinewa as the Indians scored 13 points.
“After that, we changed to a 2-2-1 press just to give them a different look,” said Brobston. The change didn’t force turnovers but it threw off the Ole Miss offense. The Indians took seven shots in the quarter and missed them all. But they still trailed just 20-15.
But when the field goal drought lasted through the third period, the outcome was decided before the final stanza began. In the third, five different Eagles scored five field goals with Korn and Austin Compton getting five points each.
It wasn’t until Brobston emptied the bench in the game’s final five minutes that Mississinewa managed to get three more field goals for a grand total of nine for the game. The Indians hit just 25 percent of their field goal attempts on the night.
Korn scored 20 points on just 16 shots to top both teams. Reeves scored 10 and Copmpton added nine. Wright pitched in seven.