Franklin hangs on after Edinburgh rally

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With huge momentum swings, Friday night’s performance looked familiar to Franklin boys basketball coach Jerry Bomholt.

He’s seen it before in practice.

The Grizzly Cubs lost a 17-point fourth-quarter lead but forced a couple of key turnovers and hit critical free throws to hold off Edinburgh 52-50 in a semifinal of the Johnson County Tournament.

With the win, the second-seeded Cubs (8-2) advance to tonight’s championship game against top-seed Center Grove (6-5) at Edinburgh.

“We did a lot of things right to get the big lead, and then we turned around and did a lot of things wrong to give it back,” Bomholt said. “We were a half a step slow defensively.”

But it was hard for him to be too negative because after dropping its first two games of the season, Franklin is on an eight-game winning streak heading into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. showdown against the Trojans, who advanced with a 51-47 win against Whiteland in the second semifinal Friday.

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