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December 27, 2013

Eagles make statement with rout of Raiders

FRANKTON — Aaron Korn led four players in double figures with 21 points, Austin Compton literally spilled his blood on the floor for the cause and the Frankton boys basketball team gained a measure of revenge Friday night with a 71-52 rout of Wapahani.

"I thought we played very well as a team tonight," Frankton coach Brent Brobston said. "It was a great team win, and we played very well overall."

The Eagles (6-0) fell to the Raiders (5-1) in double overtime some nine months ago in the Class 2A Sectional 40 championship game at Lapel. The rematch at the Eagles Nest pitted two of the top-five teams in the Associated Press poll, but it was a one-sided contest nearly from the start.

Fourth-ranked Frankton sprinted to a 9-3 lead in the first 3:02 and never looked back. The key was the team's trademark defense, which never gave No. 2 Wapahani room to breathe.

Raiders star Grant Evans failed to make a field goal in the first half and finished just 4-for-11 from the field. He still managed to share team-high honors with 16 points, matching Jacob Foster. Seven different Eagles took turns defending Evans, and all were effective.

"I thought we did a very good job defensively against Grant Evans," Brobston said, "and that made a big difference."

In the battle of Indiana All-Star candidates, Korn was the clear winner. He scored a game-high 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting and made Wapahani pay every time its defense overplayed him. He also jump-started the Eagles' offense, making his first three 3-point attempts and bringing a capacity crowd to a roar.

"Korn started off very well," Brobston said. "Offensively, in the first quarter, he did a great job of finding open shots and really got us going."

The 6-foot-5 swingman dished out four assists, and three of his teammates joined him in double figures. Jordan Reeves added 16 points, and Nick Wright finished with 10.

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