Franklin turns early lead into win

Published 1:52 pm Monday, December 12, 2011

FRANKLIN—Franklin’s five starters scored at least five points each in the first quarter of Friday’s 86-64 home win over Northampton.

“I know the fourth quarter is important, but sometimes you can make the fourth quarter non-existent if you come to play in the first quarter, and that’s exactly what we did tonight,” said Franklin Coach Danny Dillon.

The Broncos improved to 2-1.

Franklin led 27-11 at the end of the first quarter and 45-25 at the half. At one point, the Broncos led the Yellow Jackets 42-13.

“We shot lights out for the first 12 minutes of the game,” Dillon said. “We saw just how good we can be.”

Freshman Adam Grant made 20 points and six assists in the win. Teammate Deronte Holmes added a career-high with 19 points; Tyshawn Lowe scored 17 points and made 13 rebounds.

Franklin shooting guard Jalen Vincent put in 16 points while dishing out seven assists. Finishing out the starters was freshman Marcus Stephens with nine points.

“Northampton was bigger and more athletic, but our boys were more disciplined and unselfish,” Dillon said. “It’s a good night when all five starters score nine points or more. These boys have been working really hard in practice and it paid off big time tonight.”