Bradford freshman Owen Canon cans a 3-pointer to lead all scorers with a game high 15-points in win at FM. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Bradford hangs on for win over Jets

Railroaders builds large third quarter lead before hanging on for 3-point win over Franklin Monroe

PITSBURG – The Bradford Railroaders hung on for a 44-41 road win over the Franklin Monroe Jets in WOAC play after letting a 31-14 third quarter lead slip away.

“Franklin Monroe’s kids played hard,” said Bradford coach, Jay Hall. “I have always had a lot of respect for Coach Myers and the level of aggressiveness and how fast those kids play. It’s impressive because it causes teams problems and it caused us problems tonight.”

“We tried to prepare our boys the best we could but until you’re out there they don’t experience it,” Hall added. “Coach Myers and his staff do a good job of getting his kids prepared.”

The Franklin Monroe Jets jumped out to an early first quarter lead with Karson Wright burying three 3-pointers in the opening four minutes of play before the teams would settle for a 12-12 score after one complete.

“We knew coming into it they had a number of shooters,” said Hall. “The Byers kid is fast and he can shoot it and Wright, we knew he could shoot it. We just didn’t do a very good job of being in the right position so we corrected our errors and moved forward.”

Bradford stepped up play on the second quarter defensive end and took advantage of 14-unanswered points to lead 26-12 with 2:41 on the board.

Owen Canan pace the Railroaders with seven second quarter points including a 3-pointer, Parker Davidson chipped in 5-points and Landon Monnin and Nolan Case each with a 2-point basket to send the teams to the break with Bradford holding a 28-14 double digit lead.

“It looked at halftime like it was going to go a different way but that is why there is a whole second half to play,” Coach Hall stated. “There were adjustments made on both sides in the second half.”

The Railroader pushed its lead to 31-14 to open third quarter play before Franklin Monroe would start chipping away at Bradford’s lead and close out the third with a 12-4 run to make it a 35-26 score with one period to play.

“We were able to get some turnovers in the first half that we weren’t able to get in the second half and that led to some easy baskets,” Hall said. “They made adjustments, they eliminated that and it took that part of our game out so hats off to them for that – a good move on their part.”

Franklin Monroe made it a 2-point game closing the gap to 35-33 at 5:26 with the teams battling to a 2-point Bradford 40-38 lead with 2:14 showing. The final 2-minutes had the teams battling to the wire with the Railroaders holding on for a 3-point 44-41 win.

“Definitely team win,” Hall said. “You look at what everybody contributed tonight. Giving up offensive rebounds has been a big problem for us this season and we had more guys in there rebounding tonight. It makes a difference so everybody is playing their part and we’re going to build on it.”

“We’re happy with the win but there is a lot of work to be done by us,” Coach Hall concluded. “We’re going to try to build off of it and get ready for Lehman on Thursday.”

Bradford freshman, Owen Canan led Bradford and all scorers with a game high 15-points.

BOXSCORE

BRADFORD 44, FRANKLIN MONROE 41

BRADFORD – O. Canan 15, P. Davidson 11, H. Hill 6, N. Case 6, L. Monnin 4, L. Wills 2 – TOTALS 10 12-21 4 44

FRANKLIN MONROE – K. Wright 14, E. Garber 9, K. Cool 6, J. Byers 6, L. Keller 4, B. Rumble 2 – TOTALS 8 7-14 6 41

3-POINTERS

Bradford 4 (O. Canan 3, H. Hill 1)

Franklin Monroe 6 (K. Wright 4, J. Byers 2)

SCORE by QUARTERS

12-16-07-09 44 Bradford

12-02-12-15 41 Franklin Monroe

Ethan Garber scores for Franklin Monroe in WOAC matchup with Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Railroaders Parker Davidson score in the Roaders win over the Jets. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Franklin Monroe's Landon Keller scores a Jets basket in WOAC play with Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Bradford's Hudson Hill (L) guards FM's Karson Wright (R) in the team's WOAC matchup at Franklin Monroe. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Brandon Rumble goes to the FM free throw line in the Jets home game with Bradford. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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