Franklin Falls to Canes
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Last year's state AAA champion Franklin, despite losing four starters to graduation, played toe to toe with the Hurricanes. With a tall starting line up of 6'4", 6'4", 6'5" the Knights and the Canes battled all night but the Hurricanes prevailed 58-52
Led by Dante Spino's hot start the Canes moved out to a 14-9 first period lead.
The teams played even the second period and the Canes maintained their five point lead 29-24. To this point New Castle had held the Knights leading scorer Shaun Grill (19.6 ppg) scoreless.
Franklin outscored the Canes in the third period 14-11 to get within in two 40-38.
The Hurricanes maintained the lead until Franklin forged ahead 52-51 with just 1:17 left to play on two made free throws.
The Canes responded quickly as Mark DeMonaco hit a 'three' with just 43 seconds left.
Franklin missed on a 'three' attempt and the Canes grabbed the rebound and called timeout.
Hoover Gibson was fouled after the break and went to the line for a one on one. He missed the first but grabbed his own rebound and was fouled again while shooting. Gibson made them both to extend the Canes lead to 56-52 with 14 seconds to play.
The Canes stole the inbounds pass and Dante Spino's layup provided the final margin 58-51.
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