Tim McMillon hit three three-pointers in less than a minute in the third quarter, helping the Quakers reach the state tournament.
SNOHOMISH — Franklin guard Tim McMillon didn’t make much noise in the first half. In fact, he took only one shot and missed it.
But McMillon, Franklin’s senior guard, caught fire after halftime and propelled No. 8 Franklin to a 76-64 win against No. 5 Stanwood in the Class 3A boys basketball regionals at Glacier Peak High School Saturday night.
“Tim McMillon lit our fuse,” Franklin coach Jason Kerr said. “That got us going and gave us some energy.”
McMillon hit three three-pointers in less than a minute in the third quarter and turned a six-point Franklin deficit into a three-point Quaker lead. In all, McMillon scored 14 points, all in the second half. He made four three-pointers.
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Franklin (17-9) needed a spark at halftime. Stanwood (18-6) held an eight-point lead after the first half, and the Quakers made just 7 of 18 free throws.
After McMillon’s three-point barrage, the two teams traded leads and had six ties in the third quarter.
But Patrick Ball scored 15 of his game-high 25 points after halftime as Franklin settled into a rhythm.
Ball, a senior and Franklin’s leading-scorer, made 9 of his 13 shots and had nine rebounds while battling cramps in the second half.
“Pat’s carried us all year,” Kerr said.
Cannen Roberson led Stanwood with 18 points. His layup with 5:30 left in the game cut Franklin’s lead to two, but the Quakers responded with a 12-4 run and didn’t look back.
It’s Franklin’s first trip to Tacoma in three years.
“It’s huge for these seniors,” Kerr said. “For them, it was a huge goal.”