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Posted On: 03/28/15 6:45 PM
Park Tudor won a fourth state championship in just five years today with a 73-46 win over Frankton.
With the win, Panthers coach Kyle Cox moves to 50-6 in just his second year with the program.
Led by senior Bryce Moore, a Western Michigan commit, Park Tudor led wire-to-wire against Frankton, who trailed by double digits for much of the second half. Frankton was forced to rely on other scoring options beside Austin Compton (15.4 PPG) because of an injury to his left arm, which altered his shot and affected mobility, especially late in the second half.
Jaren Jackson, Jr., opened scoring in the first quarter with a hard-fought basket down low, giving Park Tudor a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Evan Frank scored 11 of Park Tudor’s 13 points in the first quarter after averaging just 9.7 PPG during the regular season, but a quick run from Frankton brought them within six points to end the quarter.
After a 13-7 deficit in the first quarter, though, Moore took over for the Panthers. The senior guard scored 16 points in the second quarter, missing just one field goal attempt in the quarter after not shooting any in the first.
Behind Moore’s scoring barrage Park Tudor jumped out to a 23-8 lead with five minutes left in the half, a 12-1 run for the Panthers. Park Tudor extended the lead to 33-19 with two minutes left in the half, but a 6-1 run from Frankton closed the half with just a 34-25 lead for Park Tudor.
Early in the third, Frankton’s Nick Wright was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to bring the game within seven points, but an alley-oop from Dwayne Gibson and a three-pointer from Kobe Webster put Park Tudor back up 42-29. As the third quarter stretched on, Compton took a hard fall under the basket to aggravate his injury, which visibly affected his play for the rest of the game. Park Tudor closed the quarter with a 50-34 lead.
Frankton resorted to shooting threes for much of the fourth quarter, but was unable to find the basket apart from a handful of looks late in the game. Park Tudor continued to add points on, scoring 23 points in the quarter to close the game with a 73-46 win over Frankton.
Bryce Moore led all scorers with 31 points (10-14 from the field), followed by Evan Frank and Jaren Jackson, Jr., with 11. Frank also contributed 11 rebounds for the double-double. Austin Compton led in scoring for Frankton with 22 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Maurice Knight with 7 points and Nick Wright with 6.
Park Tudor will move up to Class 3A next year as a result of the IHSAA Legacy Rule.