FREDERICKTOWN — Smelling an upset brewing Friday, the Fredericktown boys basketball team unleashed its three-headed monster.
And guards Austin Hathaway, Michael Miller and Kirk Manns were up for the fight with the top gladiator in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference. The trio combined for as many points as the league-leading Centerburg Trojans and helped lead the Freddies to a 72-59 upset in front of a packed and loud coliseum at Fredericktown.
“This was a great team win for us,” said Fredericktown coach Nathan Bellman. “We’ve lost our last three games at the wire. We really needed this one to get some momentum going into the last part of the season.
“I think those three — Austin, Michael and Kirk — can really shoot the ball. When they get the ball in rhythm, it’s lights out. It was nice they happened to pick tonight to knock them down together.”
Miller (six) and Manns (three) were shooting 3-point darts all night long, but it was Hathaway who drove the bus.
The junior guard scored 20 points, handed out five assists and was a pest at the defensive end for the Freddies. Hathaway set the tone early, scoring the first two buckets and then assisting on a 3-point bomb by Miller.
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