In his previous three games, New Palestine forward Michael Morris lit up the scoreboard for a combined 92 points.
But the torrid pace stopped Thursday night, thanks to the Franklin boys basketball team’s defense.
The Grizzly Cubs’ defense, coupled with a 12-foot jumper with four seconds to play by senior guard Keenan Wood, lifted them to a 47-45 win at New Palestine.
Franklin led by 10 twice in the fourth quarter but needed Woods’ basket to hang on.
“We run that for him. It’s an isolation play, particularly when it’s against a man-to-man defense, and he has the choice,” first-year Franklin coach Jerry Bomholt said. “Keenan very honestly has struggled a little bit in the last couple games with his confidence.
“I had just talked to him at the timeout and said you’re going to take it and tonight you’re going to make it.”