Coach Jerry Bomholt used one word to describe Franklin Community High School’s game against visiting Indianapolis Arlington on Tuesday night: sloppy.
Nevertheless, the Grizzly Cubs managed to win their seventh-straight contest by beating the Golden Knights, 52-35.
“The first half, especially, was very uncharacteristic of us,” Bomholt said, who is in his first year at Franklin . “We had a couple of shots blocked early on, and we got out of character. I think we were a little intimidated with their athleticism.”
The Grizzly Cubs attempted only 17 shots during the game’s first two quarters, a half that saw neither team lead the other by more than three points.
By comparison, Arlington (4-6) only attempted 11 first-half shots.
Things changed quickly in the opening moments of the second half when senior guard Keenan Wood helped Franklin rattle off six unanswered points. Overall, the Grizzly Cubs outscored the Golden Knights 16-4 in the third and carried that momentum throughout most of the fourth period, as well.
“Wood had been having some back spasms, but I’m real pleased with the way he played,” Bomholt said. “We go as he goes.”
Franklin appeared to be more confident coming out of halftime.
“We were much more relaxed and played the way we’re capable of playing in the second half,” Bomholt said. “We still missed a ton of free throws, and right now that’s just mental. Hopefully we can correct that soon.”
Franklin connected on only nine of its 18 free throw attempts.
Grizzly Cubs junior Tyler Thomas led all scorers with 15 points. He also registered a team-high six rebounds.
“Tyler is playing very well,” Bomholt said. “We thought he would be able to go inside tonight, and he did.”
Fellow junior forward Nick King had 13 points for a Franklin team that connected on 21 of its 45 shots overall.
The Golden Knights were led in scoring by senior Jerron Dewalt, who finished with 13 points. Junior Jrai Owens chipped in 10.
“That was a much more athletic team than we’ve played in a long time,” Bomholt said. “We needed to see where we are, and this was a good team to do that against.”
Franklin’s next game comes Friday at Edinburgh when it faces the host Lancers in the 6 p.m. first semifinal of the county tourney.