Three thoughts from No. 10 Franklins 67-62 win against No. 5 Seattle Prep:
1. Franklin looked different than the team I saw a week ago. I watched the Quakers play Garfield to the wire last Monday in the King Holiday Hoopfest, but Franklin couldn’t close the deal. The same happened recently against Lakeside. On Tuesday, though, the Quakers made all the big plays. They held off a tenacious Seattle Prep comeback and didn’t panic. They scored when they needed to, and got a big defensive stop (a Eugene Artison block) when they needed to. In other words, Franklin looked like a far more mature team than the one I saw before.
2. Patrick ball is one of the area’s best dunkers. Ball had another highlight-worthy dunk against Seattle Prep, shaking the rim and getting his teammates going. Ball has a knack for delivering such dunks, and he would be in my top 10 – and probably top five – list of area dunkers. Oh, and he also led Franklin with 23 points and nine rebounds. He’s having a really good year.
3. Seattle Prep’s D.J. Fenner won’t shoot 6 of 22 very often. Fenner entered the game as the area’s second-leading scorer, trailing only Bothell’s Zach LaVine. But Fenner never got comfortable against a Franklin team that harassed him all night. Fenner, normally a sure-fire shooter, made only one of his 11 three-point attempts. He also didn’t attack the basket as much as he usually does. But what makes Fenner so good is that games like Tuesday rarely happen twice.