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February 15, 2013

Korn sparks Eagles spurt past Tigers

FRANKTON, Ind. — The Alexandria Tigers were game Friday night, but they couldn’t keep pace with the Frankton Eagles.

In a five-minute stretch late in the second and early in the third quarter, Frankton went on an 18-1 run, turning a 19-18 deficit into a 36-20 lead and going on to win 71-48.

The Tigers used a man-to-man, switch-everything defense early on, according to Alexandria coach Chad Wetz, effectively keeping Frankton at a distance. The Eagles made adjustments, though, getting more patient with their offense and working the ball inside the arc instead of settling for three-pointers. Frankton was 3-of-11 from deep in the first half.

“We talked at halftime about trying to get the ball inside,”said Frankton coach Brent Brobston, “We shot too many threes in the first half, and that was on their defense; they were packing it in. We said at halftime we had to make five or six passes and get deep into our offense because, once you get deep into it, it drags them out a little more and we get better looks.”

In the third quarter, Aaron Korn took over, hitting eight of nine shots from the field and adding a free throw for 17 of his game-high 34 points. He also led the team in rebounds, with six. “That was a quiet 34,” Brobston said, “He had a great performance; he hit some big shots. He hit some really nice 15- to 17-foot jump shots in the third. Those were big shots.”

“When a young man is his school’s all-time leading scorer and he’s got a season and a half to go, he’s a defensive problem for anybody,” Wetz said. Korn shot 15-for-21 from the field for the game, even though he hit just one 3-pointer in six tries.

By contrast, Alexandria shot 14-for-47 from the field.

Braden Warren led Alexandria with 14 points, while Landon Breese had 12. Blaize Kelly had a game-high seven rebounds despite being in foul trouble throughout the evening.

“Kelly is our defensive stopper and when he got in foul trouble, even though he’s not over six feet tall, it just kind of opened up the inside for them to get in on us,” said Wetz.

Trevor Hughes and Austin Compton each had 12 points for Frankton. “We knew we had to come out and bring some more intensity because the game was close and we had to blow it away,” Hughes said about the Eagles’ third-quarter spurt. He also credited their defensive pressure.

“Our goal was, wear them down by the press and we had some fresh people come off the bench to help us out. That was our game plan,” Hughes said.

Brobston echoed that. “Our pressure eventually bothered them and wore them down,” he said, “That’s what we wanted to do with this game, and I thought we accomplished that.”

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