By Carey Phillips
Franklin hit 11 three--pointers, including seven in the first quarter, and breezed to a 74-56 Mountain Six Conference men’s basketball victory over Smoky Mountain on Jan . 27 at Franklin.
Chad Wilson scored 17 points for the Panthers, followed by Trey Penland with 16, Miles McClure with 11 and Griffin Green with 10.
Ryan Waliezer and Max Buchanan scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mustangs.
“Hats off to them,” Coach Adam Phillips said. “They shot the ball extremely well. They made seven of their first eight three-pointers. It wasn’t just one person. It was four or five kids. They made a run in the second quarter, and that was the difference. I thought we played well in the second half.”
Franklin scored its first 12 points from behind the arc, including a pair of shots by Penland.
Dexter Jennings scored six in an 8-2 run upping the margin to 27-12 with 2:22 on the clock.
The lead was 28-14 after the first quarter.
Three straight treys built the lead to 38-17 after Green connected at the 3:15 mark.
The Panthers led 44-24 at halftime.
They ended the third period on a 10-2 spurt, including four by Wilson, making it 58-32.
Waliezer hit two field goals and was eight of eight from the line. Buchanan made four field goals and two free throws.
Hunter Cabe and Ethan Hooper both added eight points, Jed West followed with seven, Lawson Wike scored six, Chris Wilburn and Tanner Gerrety had two apiece, and Brylen Conlin made a foul shot.
Cabe pulled down 10 rebounds, and Waliezer had three assists.
The Panther JVs won 52-36. They were on top at quarter breaks by scores of 17-8, 31-17 and 50-28.
Carson Seagraves scored 14 for the Mustangs.
“We played a great basketball team,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “We played hard and played extremely well. There were some shots that didn’t fall for us. We missed some layups and turned the ball over. That hurts when you play a good team.”
He singled out Lincoln Sutton for his effort.