January 13th, 2021

Franklin Helps Edge Trinity Past DeSales


Ed Peak

Staff Writer

Franklin Helps Edge Trinity Past DeSales
photo by Ed Peak

Miles Franklin didn't let the chance to be a hero slip away this time. Franklin a junior guard came up with a key steal and made two late free throws helping host Trinity edge DeSales 62-59, Tuesday night.


Franklin led Trinity (2-1) with 18 points knifed in front of a DeSales pass with the game tied 55-55 and sprinted down the right side for a wide open layup with 1:49 to play.


"He made a huge effort play for us," said senior Cam McClain who added 11 points. "I liked his effort. He got the steal and knocked down free throws at the very end. That gave us a good win."


Trinity was coming off a disappointing 62-61 loss to South Laurel, Saturday. In that game Franklin missed a late free throw that would have given the Rocks a three point lead.


DeSales' Devin Perry was fouled before he could get off a three point shot with 7.3 seconds, made both free throws getting the Colts within 60-59. Franklin fouled by Carter Bischoff with 5.3 seconds remaining went to the foul line calmly drilling both for a three point lead.


"He was in the same exact situation last game where he missed a free throw that would have put us up three and we got beat at the buzzer," said Trinity coach Mike Szabo. "He was in that same situation again tonight and he knocked down both. I'm really proud of him for that."

Szabo said of Franklin's steal. "He has a lot of talent. That's what good players do, make winning plays. That was a big one."

DeSales (1-2) fell behind 22-14 in the first quarter and got within 33-29 at halftime. The Colts leading scorer Sekou Kalle, who has committed to Akron, was doubled and triple teamed and didn't get a shot off in the first half.


That changed in the second half as Kalle made six of his seven field goal attempts and finished with 13 points. The first time down the floor DeSales got the ball inside the lane to Kalle for an easy layup.


"It was tough in the first half because they had game planned around Sekou," said DeSales coach Damien Anderson. "They put a lot of guys in the lane around him. We didn't do a good job of being patient of waiting for him to come open. He did a much better job the second half of kind of getting better position and demanding the ball."


Trinity made 14 of 18 free throws including seven of 10 in the fourth quarter. The Colts were just 14 of 25 from the foul line. They improved their ball handling since their loss to Elizabethtown last week with 12 turnovers.


"We looked after the ball a lot better," said Anderson. "It seemed like we had a couple crucial ones (turnovers) there in the fourth quarter that became layups for them instead of us executing our offense."


Trinity made 23 of 44 field goal attempts for 52 percent and limited their turnovers to 10.


"Both teams made a lot of mistakes at both ends," said Szabo. "We'll try to clean them up and get better every time we take the court. We all just got to....... we're still a young group, four seniors, one junior. Lot of young pups especially coming off the bench. That's ok."



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