Other than the final verdict, the Frankton versus Wapahani boys sectional championship game at Lapel was the best game I've seen played in many years.
The Eagles were just one made 3-pointer away from hitting two-thirds of their long-range shots. They also only turned the ball over four times in the entire game. It is difficult to imagine a team losing while having both of those team stats on their side of the ledger.
There are reasons Frankton lost, and some of them are to be found on the stat sheet. One example is getting outrebounded 25-12.
One reason can be found both on the scoresheet and in the minds of the officials who worked the game. Frankton took six free throws and hit just two. Wapahani took 18 free throws and hit 16.
The calls made by the officials were blatantly one sided. Both teams played with equal intensity and aggression. Yet 20 fouls were whistled against the Eagles compared to just 11 on the Raiders. Nobody aside from those rooting for Wapahani should be able to say the game was called in a way that both teams had an equal chance to win.
Both teams have an outstanding senior basketball player, Wapahani's Grant Evans and Frankton's Aaron Korn. One was protected from contact and shot 10 free throws. The other wasn't and shot six. I think you can figure out which is which.
I can also tell you one thing that can't be blamed for the Eagles losing that game — Korn missing a free-throw line jumper on his team's final possession. I know he is probably at the front of the line of those who puts the blame on that final shot.
There is a parallel to be drawn here.
One of Anderson's best players ever is Troy Lewis. He had a chance to win a state championship for the Indians in 1983, but he missed a shot against Connersville just before the final horn and the Spartans had a one-point win.