Franklin Monroe wins over shorthanded Arcanum

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Ty Riffle cans a fourth-quarter 3-pointer to tie the score a 28-28 in WOAC showdown with Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Trojans took the home court with six players hit by the bug during the week and three varsity players not at the game.

“Arcanum played inspired in the first part of the game,” said Franklin Monroe coach, Troy Myers. “We had a specific plan coming in here and we didn’t do that.”

“We haven’t seen Brady Lock in 10 days,” said Arcanum coach, Kevin Brackman. “We don’t have Matthew McCans, Braylen Etherington, and Nathan Koller. Our whole bench was missing tonight. Regan Christ missed practice yesterday, there is something going around our team.”

Regan Christ cans a 3-pointer in home conference game with Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“The Trojans jumped out to a 9-0 first-quarter lead at 4:33 lead before the Jets battled back to make it a 9-5 score after one complete.

Arcanum pushed its second-quarter lead to 5-16 at 4:27 with the visiting Jets using a 14-3 run to close out first-half play with the teams tied at 19-19.

“Once we figured out they were going to play inspired – really proud of our guys to tie it up at halftime,” Myers said.

Arcanum was one better in the third taking the quarter 7-6 sending the game to the fourth period with the Trojans holding a slim 26-25 advantage.

Eric Brenner hits a Jets free throw in WOAC game at Arcanum. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Although we were trying to prep, we had to communicate with guys dropping scouting reports off at different guys’ houses just so they could go over stuff and hoping they were here today,” Brackman noted. “For us to come out hot and handle the adversity with the week that presented us, we didn’t know if Regan was coming to school, Rylan Murray showed up an hour late because he woke up not feeling well.”

Brady Lock scores for Arcanum in home game with Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Period No. 4 had Arcanum leading 28-25 when FM junior, Ty Riffle drilled a baseline 3-pointer to knot the score at 28-28 with 6:35 on the fourth quarter board.

With the clock winding down and FM leading 42-41 the Trojans went for a 3-point shot from three-quarter court with contact made at 0:007 missing the mark with a call that could go either way. A foul was not called closing out the game.

“Obviously, I’m on the winning end,” said Coach Myers. “I’m glad they didn’t call a foul but it is also something we cannot do.”

“At that point in the game for as back and forth as it has been, a call like that has to be so clear, it has to be so evident because one part is going to end up happy if he goes down and makes two free throws,” said Brackman. “In that situation, it’s a tough call to make. We should have played a better third quarter so we weren’t in that situation…it’s a tough one.”

Regan Christ led Arcanum and all scorers with a game-high 11 points.

BOXSCORE:

FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Brenner 10, EB Fall 10, L. Brenner 8, G. Wackler 7, T. Wilson 4, T. Riffle 3 – TOTALS 11 14-28 2  42

ARCANUM – R. Christ 11, B. Lock 9, L. Flatter 8, L. Henninger 6, R. Murray 4, C. Kessler 2, C. Weiss 1 – TOTALS 13 6-12 41

3-POINTERS

Franklin Monroe 2 (T. Riffel 1, G. Wackler 1)

Arcabyn 3 (R. Christ 2, B. Lock 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

05-14-06-17 42 Franklin Monroe

09-10-07-15 41 Arcanum