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North puts end to championship regular season with victory

Published Feb. 22 at 11:10 p.m. | Last updated Feb. 22 at 11:11 p.m.

A week ago North’s Conner Frankamp might not have given the ball up to his teammate on an easy fast-break opportunity.

But when he did in the second half on Friday in the team’s 69-51 win over West, allowing Tristyn Villa to score, it was a sign that any pressure of trying to set scoring records or win City League titles was out of mind.

“That’s a big relief off his back,” North coach Gary Squires said. “Now he can just go out and play, not worry about it. I thought he did a good job with that.”

Frankamp finished with 18 points in his final regular-season game, and helped avenge a Jan. 22 loss at West — North’s only City League loss — a game Frankamp didn’t play in.

“They beat us earlier this year … so we wanted to come out and beat them and have good momentum going into sub-state,” Frankamp said. “It was nice not having any pressure and kind of helping teammates. They played awesome tonight.”

Junior Tarius Williams matched Frankamp with 18 points, while junior Zach Beard added 12.

Williams’ play got North started, as he had 8 points after one quarter, with only two coming from Frankamp.

But Frankamp got going in the second quarter and had 9 points by the half.

North led 33-16 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter to lead by as many as 29 points.

“It was crazy to think that this is my last regular-season game here,” Frankamp said. “It’s been a crazy four years but an awesome four years. It was good to come out with a win.”

Leading West was Kennedy Bates with 15 points.

West61082751
North1716191769

West: Bates 6 3-4 15, Kelly 4 3-3 11, Bradley 4 1-2 9, Boykins 3 2-2 8, Njai 2 0-0 4, Barber 1 1-2 3, Robinson 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 11-15 51.

North: Frankamp 5 5-5 18, Williams 8 2-2 18, Beard 5 0-0 12, Bernard 3 2-3 8, Villa 2 3-4 7, Bogle 1 1-2 3, Jarvis 0 3-4 3. Totals 24(5) 16-20 69.