"For a brief moment, it felt like top-seeded Franklin was the underdog in Thursday night’s D1 Central Quarterfinal against #9 Acton-Boxboro.
The Colonials, who had trailed for the entire game, rattled off an 8-0 run over a three minute span in the final quarter to take their first lead, 49-48, with 3:31 to play and set their large traveling fan base into a frenzy.
But order was restored over the next three minutes, with Franklin regaining control on the back of sophomore Jalen Samuels, who finished with a career-high 18 points.
After A-B took the lead on a layup from sophomore Austin Zhou (12 points), the Panthers’ offense ran through Samuels. He had two free throws chances but missed them both, only to grab the offensive board himself and earn two more opportunities from the charity stripe. He sank both of them to put Franklin ahead by one."Continue reading Hockomock Sports Editor Ryan Lanigan's recap of the game
|Franklin sophomore Jalen Samuels goes up for a layup against Acton-Boxboro in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)|