Franklin Monroe tops Patriots in CCC action

PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Jets used 43 Ethan Conley points and an impressive 31-39 night at the free throw line to defeat the visiting Tri-Village Patriots 70-54 in a Friday night Cross County Conference matchup.

“We had two freshmen on the floor almost the whole night,” said Franklin Monroe coach Troy Myers. “The freshmen that came in the game did a really good job. We’re trying to figure this thing out on the fly with so many young kids. I feel like they did a tremendous job tonight.”

“Great coach, great job of executing over there,” said Patriots coach Mackenzie Perry. “They slowed us down, they did a great job of it. You got to give it to them – they played a great game tonight.”

The Patriots took the opening period to lead 16-9 with Gage Hileman and Layne Sarver each hitting 6-points including a 3-pointer from Hileman and two triples from Sarver.

Franklin Monroe took advantage of 11 Ethan Conley points to outscore Tri-Village 18-17 in period No. 2 sending the teams to the break with the Patriots holding a 33-27 lead. Hileman paced TV with 12 second quarter points including 8-8 at the charity stripe to score 19 of his 20 points on the night in the first half of play.

“He (Hileman) is a heck of a player,” said Perry. “He was hot. I just think he ran out of steam towards the end.”

“We were really concerned with 11 (Derek Eyer) coming into the game just knowing how explosive he was, how he wanted to get his feet in the paint and create plays,” noted Myers. “We just made an adjustment at halftime with personnel. Asked Jordan (Rhoades) to be a little bit of a stopper in the second half on 3 (Hileman) instead of 11 and I think he did a really good job.”

Conley’s 15 third quarter points coming by way of two 3-pointers, a 2-point field goal and 7-8 at the line led FM to a 23-10 third quarter score to give the home team a 50-43 lead with one final period to play.

“We knew coming in – certainly no disrespect to Tri-Village, we just knew there was some kind of matchup issue and we wanted to attack early and I don’t think we did in the first quarter,” Myers said. “We were shooting a lot of threes and a lot of jumpers.”

“In that quarter break we made it very clear, attack the rim because you’re going to draw fouls and then in the third quarter with four and one half minutes we had them in the bonus,” added Myers. “That’s not too difficult to figure out what to do when you have a quarter and a half left to play.”

Franklin Monroe pushed its lead to 20-points at 4:47 in the fourth before settling for a 16-point win. Conley scored 11-points including 7-7 at the line to lead FM in fourth quarter scoring.

“That’s the name of the game – foul trouble and when you play eight guys that’s a problem,” said Perry. “You have to give FM credit for every time we fouled, they made two free throws, that got them in the lead and that stopped the clock and that kind of started help them start the momentum.”

Ethan Conley led Franklin Monroe and all scorers with a game high 43 points.


FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Conley 43, C. Crist 12, J. Rhoades 5, T. Kreitzer 4, G. Sargent 3, K. Cool 2, L. Booher 1 – TOTALS 15 31-39 3 70

TRI-VILLAGE – G. Hileman 20, D. Eyer 13, L. Sarver 13, D. Lee 6, M. Lay 2 – TOTALS 15 9-12 5 54

Franklin Monroe 3 (Conley 2, Kreitzer 1)
Tri-Village 5 (L. Sarver 3, G. Hileman 1, D. Eyer 1)

09-18-23-20 70 Franklin Monroe
16-17-10-11 54 Tri-Village

PHOTO CAPTION: Derek Eyer (L) and Ethan Conley (R) vie for rebound in Friday night CCC game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

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