The Franklin Rebels basketball team (17-8, 6-6) surged to victory in overtime to take both regular season matchups against Centennial (13-10, 7-6) at home on Friday night, 81-76.
“They executed better than us down the stretch and got what they wanted,” said Centennial head coach Tyler Hickman. “Credit to those guys for executing at the end.”
“It feels great to win,” said junior Reed Kemp. “I have not done that (won both battles) in my career here, so it is awesome. We will probably play them again in the playoffs.”
Both sides matched each other point for point in the first quarter, as the score was deadlocked at 17.
Franklin was able to separate with a couple of three pointers from Kemp and baskets in the post from junior Matt Thurman to take the lead 29-25 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, the trifecta of Kemp, Thurman and junior Aidan Smylie in the paint and from downtown helped extend the lead for the Rebels to put them ahead 53-43.
Centennial charged back in the fourth quarter from behind the arc to tie the game at 66 and force overtime.
In overtime, Centennial was able to score some timely buckets, but could not solve Franklin’s Kemp. He dissected the defense with layups and step back three pointers to seal the win for the Rebels 81-76.
Reed Kemp lead all scorers with a shooting clinic of 37 points.
“My teammates and coaches (helped me have a big night), along with being aggressive and confident,” said Kemp.
Juniors Thurman and Smylie collected double figures for the Rebels. Thurman tallied 13 points and Smylie tallied 11.
Centennial’s leading scorers were Patrick Garrett with 20 points, Isaiah Poore and Carter Speedy with 17 and Andrew Ellison with 14.
“I think that is the nature of our offense (balanced scoring),” said Coach Hickman. “We are confident in a lot of guys being able to score. I think that is going to make us successful, when it is all said and done.”
Centennial will travel to Spring Hill next Tuesday.
“We cannot let one loss hang us up,” said Coach Hickman. “We are going to continue growing. We are on a good path.”
Franklin will face Summit at home on Tuesday.