"For the past three seasons, the Franklin Panthers have had their season come to an end at the hands of St. John’s Shrewsbury.
Not this year.
The Panthers clawed back from an early deficit, took their first lead in the fourth quarter and came up with a big defensive stop in overtime to get the 67-64 win to claim the program’s first ever D1 Central Sectional title.
“It feels great,” said Franklin head coach CJ Neely. “A lot of people were saying we can’t beat St. John’s, we hear it everywhere. I down play it as much as possible, we didn’t want to focus on one team too much. We waited until we had them on the schedule then we focused on them. I think every year it’s been a pretty good battle, I don’t think we were ever dominated but it’s nice to be on the right side of things for once.”
Franklin will play Springfield Central (West sectional champion) on Tuesday, March 14th at the DCU Center at 7:30."
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|DIVISION 1 CENTRAL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!! #Pantherpride #LETSGO pic.twitter.com/FqdgRyma8k|
MIAA DIV1 CENTRAL CHAMPS, Franklin Panthers vs. DIV1 WEST CHAMPS,Springfield Central on Tues night, 7:30 at DCU Center in Worcester #LETSGO pic.twitter.com/URvRMoH2zJ— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 11, 2017
DIVISION 1 CENTRAL SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!! #Pantherpride #LETSGO pic.twitter.com/FqdgRyma8k— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 11, 2017
And here we go!!!! Central Sectional Final is underway! pic.twitter.com/Q81MH1PVjs— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 10, 2017