Ethan Garber scored for Franklin Monroe in the Jets non-conference win over Houston. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Franklin Monroe downs Houston to close out regular season

Franklin Monroe Jets close out 2021-2022 season with third straight win

HOUSTON – The Franklin Monroe Jets defeated the Houston Wildcats in non-conference play to close out the 2021-2022 regular season.

“That’s our third win in six days,” said Franklin Monroe coach, Troy Myers. “Our team closed the season out the way we wanted to.”  

“Anytime you can find a way to get a win, especially on the road you have to be thankful for your kids,” Myers added. “What I’m most thankful for them tonight is their willingness out of halftime to respond execution wise as the way we wanted to and they did a phenomenal job in the second half and I am thankful for it

Franklin Monroe took a 13-7 first quarter lead with Ky Cool, Brandon Rumble and Karson Wright each hitting for 3-points and Landon Keller and Ethan Garber both adding 2-points.

Houston battled back to take the second period 16-10 to send the teams to the halftime break with the game knotted at 23-23. Sargent paced the Jets with two 3-pointers for 6-points and Jayce Byers and Blake Addis each contributed a 2-point basket.

Period No. 3 had Tri-Village 4-points better than the home team, 16-12 sending the game to the final period with the Jets holding a 39-35 lead.

Garber led the Jets’ third with 6-points, Rumble added 5-points including a trey and 2-2 at the line, Cool was good for 3-points and Sargent went 2-2 at the charity stripe.

“Anytime you can find a way to get a win, especially on the road you have to be thankful for your kids,” Myers stated. “What I’m most thankful for them tonight is their willingness out of halftime to respond execution wise as the way we wanted to and they did a phenomenal job in the second half and I am thankful for it.”

Franklin Monroe used a stingy defense to put the game away in the fourth outscoring the Wildcats 11-6 to earn the win. Garber hit a bucket and 2-2 at the line to pace FM in the fourth, Cool and Rumble 3-points each and Addis added a free throw.

“If you look at the final score you probably don’t determine a whole lot of what happened in the game,” Myers said. “I feel like we fought a lot of internal battles throughout that game, not just on the floor but some body language stuff – some things we were kind of uncharacteristic with.”

“For whatever reason, when we come up here we always seem to struggle and it’s a grind,” continued Myers, “but that is a lot of credit to Houston in the way they play and how much energy they had in the gym tonight.”

Houston’s Jake Leist led all scorers with a game high 18-points. Ethan Garber led 8-Jets in the scoring column with 12-points and Brandon Rumble was also in double figures with 11-FM points.

“I thought No.0 (6’2” Jake Leist) for them tonight was really good, just attacking and playing,” Coach Myers noted. “He’s a senior and he’s going to do that in his last home game.”

BOXSCORE

FRANKLIN MONROE 50, HOUSTON 41

FRANKLIN MONROE – E. Garber 12, B. Rumble 11, K. Cool 9, G. Sargent 8, K.Wright 3, B. Addis 3, J. Byers 2, L. Keller 2 – TOTALS 10 12-19 6 50

HOUSTON – J. Leist 18, L. Ryan 7, L. Beaver 6, R. Vondenhuevel 6, P. Herrick 2, X. Balensiefer 2 – TOTALS 13 6-15 3 41

3-POINTERS

Franklin Monroe

Franklin Monroe 6 (Rumble 3, Sargent 2, Wright 1)

Houston 3 (L. Beaver 2, J. Leist 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

13-10-16-11 50 Franklin Monroe

07-16-12-06 41 Houston

Jayce Byers goes to the basket for the Jets in the team's win over the Houston Wildcats. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Franklin Monroe's Brandon Ruble scores for the Jets in road win over Houston. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Gabe Sargent drives strong to the FM basket in the Jets non-conference win at Houston. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Jets Ky Cool drives to the bucket in Franklin Monroe win over the Houston Wildcats. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Landon Keller races the ball up-court for Franklin Monroe in the Jets road win over Houston. (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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