"All season long, the Franklin boys basketball team has relied on their defense and a balanced scoring attack on their way to the top seed in the D1 Central tournament. On Sunday afternoon at WPI, Franklin stuck to that formula in a 68-54 win over #5 Natick in the D1 Central Semifinals.
The Panther’s defensive effort was in full force throughout the first quarter, as they limited the Red Hawks to just ten points to take an 18-10 lead. Franklin sophomore Chris Edgehill score seven of his team-high 19 points for Franklin, including a three that beat the buzzer to give Franklin an eight-point advantage heading into the second quarter.
After Natick’s Will Bodnitzki (nine points, three rebounds) scored with just over four minutes to go in the first half to cut the Franklin lead to 26-17, the Panthers went on a 10-2 run and didn’t give up a field goal to close out the half. Threes from Paul Mahon (13 points, two steals) and Matt Elias (eleven points) highlighted the run that also included two free throws from Jack Rodgers (six points, eight rebounds, three assists) and a basket from Will Harvey (two steals)."
Continue reading the game recap by Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter, https://hockomocksports.com/franklin-handles-natick-advances-to-sectional-final/
For other results around the Hockomock League on Sunday
|...and here’s your DIVISION 1 SOUTH REGIONAL CHAMPIONS!!! CONGRATS LADIES!! #ontostates #PantherPride|
End of 1: Franklin 18 Natick 10. Chris Edgehill with seven for Franklin @HockomockSports— Joe Clark (@joeclark0) March 4, 2018
Halftime: Franklin 36 Natick 19. Chris Edgehill with nine points for Franklin, Jalen Samuels with six points, three rebounds and two assists for the Panthers @HockomockSports— Joe Clark (@joeclark0) March 4, 2018
End of 3Q: Franklin 53 Natick 39, Samuels with 13 pts for Franklin, Matt Elias with 11 pts— Joe Clark (@joeclark0) March 4, 2018
Final: Franklin 68 Natick 54 Panthers move onto D1 Central Finals to face Algonquin on Friday night @HockomockSports— Joe Clark (@joeclark0) March 4, 2018
Final: Franklin 68 Natick 54. Panthers move on to the final on Friday night, 6pm at WPI vs Algonquin. #LETSGOPANTHERS— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 4, 2018
Congratulations to Franklin forward Luke Downie!— Franklin Ed.org (@FranklinEdOrg) March 4, 2018
Many local high school hockey stars named to play in 2018 Shriners Hockey Classic https://t.co/2bijDI2mbs
...and here’s your DIVISION 1 SOUTH REGIONAL CHAMPIONS!!! CONGRATS LADIES!! #ontostates #PantherPride pic.twitter.com/d8Fxm0wKPQ— FranklinAthletics (@FHSSports) March 4, 2018