|Eagles rally in fourth, improve mark to 4-0|
Friday, December 7, 2012
Franklin County withstood a barrage of 3-point field goals by Magna Vista and rallied in the fourth quarter Tuesday for a 66-57 non-district boys' varsity basketball triumph at Samuel M. Hawkins-Central Gymnasium to stay unbeaten.
The Eagles (4-0) defeated the Warriors (0-3), who remain winless, for the second time this season.
Magna Vista swished seven 3-point field goals to one by FCHS.
The Warriors led by five points after the first quarter, but the Eagles cut into that advantage in the second and third stanzas to pull within two, 45-43, heading into the final, eight-minute period.
FCHS completed the comeback with a 23-12 run in the fourth quarter.
Magna Vista won the first quarter, 19-14, and was ahead by one, 30-29, at intermission after FCHS outscored the Warriors by four, 15-11, in the second period. Magna Vista won the third quarter, 15-14.
The Warriors placed three players in double figures: Adrian Hatfield with 14 points and Chris Hampton and Jalen Hairston each with 13.
Hatfield and Hampton accounted for six of Magna Vista's seven treys, each with three.
Also scoring for the Warriors were Traveon Reed with five points, Keon Mabin and Chanco Estes each with four and Deonte Perkins and George Ramey each with two.
Magna Vista converted 23 field goals and was 4 of 10 (40 percent) from the free-throw line.
Josh Blankenship netted a game-best 17 points to pace a trio of double-figure scorers for FCHS.
Ray Witcher tallied 15 points and Devin Clements finished with 11.
Blankenship made the Eagles' lone 3-point field goal.
Also scoring for FCHS were Fred Ponder with nine points, Ethan Adams with six, Max Harper with four and Bradley Parcell and Hakeem Alderman each with two.
The Eagles made 27 field goals and was 11 of 16 from the free-throw line.
FCHS returns to action tonight at home against reigning Group AA Division 4 state champion Christiansburg.
Tip off at Hawkins Gym is 7.