North tops Southeast, improves to 5-0
If there’s a way to stop North’s Conner Frankamp, Southeast seemed to have it figured out in the first half Friday night, even if they were trailing the Redskins 30-23.
The KU signee went into the locker room with 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting and was visibly frustrated by the Buffaloes’ physical style of play.
Then the second half started.
“Things got away from us,” Southeast coach Melvin Herring said. “It was just lack of discipline, kids not doing what I’m telling them to do.”
Frankamp scored 40 points in a 76-53 win — including 18 in the third quarter — as the Redskins moved to 5-0.
Frankamp hit 10 of 13 shots in the second half, including a four-point play and an authoritative, one-handed dunk on a breakaway before North coach Gary Squires pulled him for good with the Redskins up almost 30 points and just under six minutes left in the game.
Frankamp also went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.
“I got an easy layup to start the second half and got it going from there,” Frankamp said. “I still try to shoot open shots and stay in the flow of the offense. I didn’t think I played very well in the first half.”
With North trailing 14-13 after the first quarter, the Redskins got a big boost in the first half from 6-foot-8 reserve center Daniel Mathiasen, who scored six points and grabbed five rebounds when the game was still in doubt.
“(Mathiasen) really played good, he came off the bench and made some hustle plays and grabbed some rebounds,” said North forward Sean Bernard, who finished with 11 points. “Our big men play really well together and I think that shows.”
Trailing 20-19 midway through the second quarter, North reeled off an 11-0 run, capped by a no-look pass from Frankamp to Bernard for a 30-20 lead.
Southeast’s Reggie Smith hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to make the score 30-23.
“I thought we came out and played with a little more intensity in the second half, started getting to some loose balls and got some steals,” Squires said. “Give credit to Southeast, though, they came out and played us really tough.”
Frankamp scored 10 points in the first four minutes of the third quarter as North pushed its lead to 42-30 and never looked back. North went up 61-34 after Frankamp’s dunk before coming out.
“We had two good days of practice and a good half and then we reverted back to the old way of doing things,” Herring said. “It’s that mentality where guys think ‘I’m the man and I’m gonna do what I do’ instead of playing unselfish basketball.”
North plays South on Thursday, their last game before the break.
“Being 5-0 does put some more pressure on our back,” Frankamp said. “We just want to keep playing as a team.”
Southeast– Garnes 1 0-0 2, Smith 5 1-2 12, Love 5 1-1 11, Oyugi 1 2-2 4, Emerson 1 2-2 4, Harding 1 3-4 6, Payne 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 (3) 7-1153.
North – Frankamp 13 10-10 40, Beard 2 2-2 6, Williams 2 1-2 5, Shockley 1 0-1 2, Bernard 4 3-4 11, Mathiasen 3 0-0 6, Villa 0 1-2 1, Cotton 1 0-0 2, Bogle 1 0-0 2, Duart 0 1-2 1. 29 (4) 17-23 76