FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown boys basketball team performed its version of “Jekyll and Hyde” in the first half of its game Friday night with East Knox.
Fortunately for the Freddie faithful, coach Mark Delaney was able to find the right potion at halftime and the Freddies went on to a 68-44 victory over the visiting Bulldogs in Mid-Buckeye Conference action.
“I think we were getting good looks, we just didn’t do a very good job finishing during that stretch. But, the boys came out in the second half and started capitalized when the team needed,” said Delaney.
The Freddies (19-3 overall, 13-1 MBC), and more specifically senior Nash Cunningham, started the game on fire. Cunningham scored the first five points of the game, then watched the underclassmen take over as the Freddies jumped out to a 13-0 lead. Fredericktown made 5 of its first 7 shots.
But, East Knox (6-16, 3-11), with a little help from the Freddies, got back into the game, scoring 19 of the next 28 points to close the gap to three (22-19).
“We fell behind in the first half, but then made a nice run like we always seem to do,” said East Knox coach Jim Davis. “We went small; spread them out and were able to get a few baskets. We played much better.”
After starting the game on fire, the Freddies made just 2 of 13 shots during that run and turned the ball over five times.
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