Tempers flared, emotions spiked and a rivalry between cities came to a head Friday night in the Tournament of Champions at Franklin High School.
It was Franklin vs. Wilson. It was Seattle and Tacoma.
Or as Franklin junior Emanuel Siale put it: “It’s just a battle of 253-206.”
It was the Tacoma school that came away smiling on Friday, as No. 5 Wilson got the best of No. 6 Franklin, pulling away for a 64-56 win in a game that had six technical fouls called.
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“Any time we get a chance to play Seattle teams, we want to win,” Wilson sophomore Alphonso Anderson said.
Just minutes into the game, a technical was assessed to Franklin for taunting. Later, the refs pegged Anderson and Franklin’s Eugene Artison for a double technical.
Quakers coach Craig Jackson capped the slew of technical fouls between the third and fourth quarters after running onto the court in a rage to confront a referee.
Franklin (6-1) trailed 46-38 at the end of the third after Wilson (7-0) went on an 11-4 run earlier in the quarter. The Quakers had trouble slowing down Wilson and weren’t able to get within eight points the rest of the game.
Keith Smith, who had led Franklin with 34 and 31 points the past two games, respectively, struggled to find any rhythm. He sat on the bench for much of the second half after picking up his fourth foul early in the third and finished with 11 points.
Artison led the Quakers with 17.
Anderson had 16 points for Wilson.
Wilson plays Canyon Springs (Nev.) for the tournament championship Saturday at 8 p.m. and Franklin faces Metro League foe Cleveland in the third-place game at 6:15 p.m.
Canyon Springs 86, Cleveland 58
A day after Canyon Springs (Nev.) easily dispatched Nathan Hale, the Pioneers were at it again on Friday night, topping Cleveland 86-58 in the tournament’s other semifinal.
Canyon Springs’ Jordan Davis led all scorers with 25 points, while Jalin Bird had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland.