PITSBURG – The Franklin Monroe Jets came up big against the visiting Milton-Union Bulldogs in a Tuesday night varsity boys basketball game winning by a 64-43 score.
“You try to find the identity of your team early in the season,” said Franklin Monroe Coach Troy Myers. “I think we did that tonight.”
“I think in the past we have been too conservative and just playing in the half and be so sound, then a breakdown happens and you’re world’s going to end,” continued Myers. “Our kids really like the up-tempo style, they like getting after it. I don’t love giving up easy layups but I think it does a lot for our energy and I think it makes us play harder – that’s where we’re at and that’s what we have to continue to be.”
The Jets took a 15-8 lead after one period of play taking advantage of seven Ethan Conley points including a three and four points each from Cole McGlinch and Zach Cable.
Period No. 2 saw Kyle Ressler add seven points to the board including a trey, six Conley points, Bryce Filbrun with four and Cable adding a basket to give the home team a 34-20 advantage that had the Jets taking advantage of a 19-4 run.
“It was a 19-4 run at the end of the half which really helps going into halftime feeling a lot better about yourself,” said Myers.
“Even with a 14 point lead at half you come out in the second and you have to make sure you don’t give them life because that team can get a little life,” Myers noted. “That was our challenge, our mission at halftime – make sure that we just burry them and not give them any kind of breath in the second half. I thought our kids did a really good job in the third quarter,”
The third period had FM two points better at 13-11 sending the teams to the final period of play with the Jets up 47-31.
Conley’s 4-4 at the line and two baskets paced the home team in the third with eight points.
Franklin Monroe took the final period of play 17-12 with Conley leading the way with 10 points including his second triple of the night, a three-pointer from Parker Hesler and a Jordan Rhoades bucket to give the Jets a comfortable 64-43 non-conference win.
“They did go on a run but our kids again responded at the end of the game and the fourth quarter really dominated on both ends,” Myers said.
“I’ve never coached a kid that put 10 fingers and 10 toes in the air for a loose ball three times in one game, and that was Jordan Rhoades,” stated Myers. “He is playing phenomenal basketball not because of his stat sheet but what he did right there defensively for us, just created all kind of havoc. He wasn’t the only one, but certainly one that I saw. When you go 10 fingers and 10 toes in the air for a loose ball – that’s big time.”
Conley led FM and all scorers in the game with 31 points on the night.
“He (Conley) got his tonight in the flow of the game,” Myers said. “He got in the flow of the game tonight which was impressive.”
JETS 64, Bulldogs 43
FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Conley 31, Z. Cable 11, K. Ressler 7, P. Hesler 5, B. Filbrun 4, C. McGlinch 4, J. Rhoades 2
MILTON-UNION – Stone 10, Albaugh 10, Brumbaugh 7, Morris 5, Lovin 4, Goodman 4, Ullery 4, Chase 1
Franklin Monroe 4 (E. Conley 2, K. Ressler 1, P. Hesler 1)
Milton-Union 2 (Morris 1, Brumbaugh 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
15-19-13-17 64 Franklin Monroe
08-12-11-12 43 Milton-Union
PHOTO CAPTION: Kyle Ressler drives to the basket for Franklin Monroe in win over Milton-Union. (Gaylen Blosser photo)