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March 4, 2014

Eagles pull away from Owls with big second half

LAPEL — Frankton got points from typical and not-so-typical places and left Muncie Burris in the dust in the second half of Tuesday's sectional basketball opener.

The Eagles broke away from a 39-33 halftime lead over the Owls to win 81-51 and advance to a Friday semifinal matchup against Winchester.

The usual scoring burst came from career-leading scorer Aaron Korn, who only missed four shots all night on his way to game highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. It also came from center Jordan Reeves, who scored eight points in the opening quarter. He finished with 14 points and missed just three shots. His total would have been greater had he not missed significant second-quarter minutes with foul trouble.

The slightly less predictable scoring punch came from point guard Conner Bates and off-the-bench guard Bailey Threet.

"Conner had some nice little runners in the lane," said Frankton coach Brent Brobston.

Bates hit all but two shots as he tallied 12 points. Threet scored 10 points, eight of those coming in the second half when the Eagles flew away from their foe.

The Burris game was all about penetration and either shooting on the move or dishing to a teammate left open when the defense shifted to cover the drive.

"I had too many bigs on the floor in the first half," said Brobston. "When I brought Threet in and we had three guards on the floor, we matched up better."

The Owls got hot from 3-point range in the second quarter, hitting 3-of-4 shots from long range. Then in the third quarter, Burris fell in love with the behind-the-arc shots and could not get any of the six they lofted in the period to go in.

"We wanted to make them settle for the 3s," said Brobston.

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