Chants of, "It's all over" rang out from the Franklin student section even before the opening tip, and though victory won't exactly a foregone conclusion for the visiting Quakers...
Chants of, “It’s all over” rang out from the Franklin student section even before the opening tip, and though victory wasn’t exactly a foregone conclusion for the visiting Quakers last night, the state’s top-ranked Class 4A boys basketball team sure made it look easy.
Using a 15-2 first-quarter run that showcased their versatility and speed, the Quakers ran rival Garfield out of the gym 95-62 in a KingCo 4A conference opener between West Division foes at Garfield High School.
The game began nearly an hour and a half after its scheduled 8 p.m. start, in part because one half of the gym went dark during halftime of the junior varsity boys game. The second half of that contest was delayed several minutes while waiting for the overhead lights to come back on.
Franklin (2-0, 1-0 KingCo 4A) sprinted to the early lead, outscoring Garfield 26-12. The crucial spurt started at the 5:11 mark with a dunk by Nevada-bound senior Richie Phillips and continued with back-to-back three-pointers from junior Jordan Daisey and sophomore Venoy Overton. When the run was over, with 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Quakers had turned an 8-7 deficit into a 22-10 lead.
Daisey scored 10 of his 17 points in the second quarter.
Franklin built its advantage to more than 20 points in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the way, defeating the Bulldogs (0-1, 0-1) for the sixth consecutive time dating to the 2001-02 season.
Garfield last beat the Quakers, 78-60, on Jan. 21, 2002.
Former Garfield stars and current Huskies Brandon Roy, Will Conroy, and Tre Simmons were announced as being in attendance last night.
Phillips finished with a game-high 18 points, including six on three big first-half dunks, to lead five Franklin players in double figures. He also had 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs, making their season debut, showed signs they could be competitive this season after back-to-back years in which they failed to make the state playoffs. Senior guard Ramiyo Bacani scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, and junior Demitrius Tinsley showed hustle en route to scoring a team-high 17 points.
Hassan Finch scored 17 points to go with six rebounds for Franklin. Teammate Donnie Cheatham added eight points, nine assists, and five steals.
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