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Franklin Overpowers Ferris For Fifth Luckless Saxons Claim Eighth Place

In a game where they needed to be nearly flawless and get some breaks, the Ferris Saxons weren’t and they didn’t.

Third-ranked Franklin used its athletic superiority and lucky bounces to dump No. 4 Ferris 58-49 Saturday in the Kingdome in the game to determine fifth and eighth places at the State 4A boys basketball tournament.

“They’re a good team, good rebounders, really good rebounders,” said Tommy Servine, the Ferris’ lone senior starter who was named to the all-tournament second-team. “They’re really athletic.”

It wasn’t enough that the Earthquakes (24-6) outshot and out-rebounded the Saxons (22-7), every loose ball seemed to go off Ferris or to Franklin.

“I was impressed with their physical size and their inside game,” Ferris coach Wayne Gilman said. “We didn’t seem to get a lot of breaks today, from bounces to calls. The intangibles didn’t seem to fall our way.”

Ferris got Franklin’s attention early, beating the press for Chris Watts’ hard dunk for its second basket. That seemed to keep the Quakes, one of the pretournament favorites before losing their opener to Wenatchee, focused.

The Saxons were trailing 23-22 after Brad Hodl scored on an assist from Andre Atkins. They had a chance to take the lead after a turnover midway through the second quarter, but a Ferris turnover and three offensive rebounds led to a basket that started the Quakes on an 11-0 run that made it 34-22 just before the half.

All five baskets in the streak came from underneath the basket.

“We talked about it at halftime,” Servine said. “We could do anything we wanted on offense, but if we didn’t stop them from getting rebounds, we didn’t have a prayer.”

The Saxons scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to close within 45-41. They even got the ball back after a turnover, but promptly returned the ball to Franklin for another inside basket.

After trading possessions, the Quakes got a pair of free throws and, following another Ferris miss, Will Hendricks, a 6-foot-7 senior bound for Arizona State, capped a fast break with a thundering dunk. That pushed the lead back to 52-41 with 2:29 to play, and the Saxons couldn’t convert enough to put pressure on Franklin down the stretch.

“They out-muscled us,” Servine said. “Those are some strong kids. Don’t call them kids; some of those guys look like adults.”

Ferris had 11 rebounds in the first half. Franklin had 11 offensive rebounds.

Hendricks had 14 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Teammate Anthony Lewis, a 6-5 forward committed to Idaho, added 13 points and junior Jimmie Hayword, a talented 6-2 guard, contributed 14.

Franklin had 14 steals to finish with a tournament record of 58.

Franklin 58, Ferris 49

Ferris 11 13 11 14 - 49

Franklin 16 18 11 13 - 58

FERRIS - Biggerstaff 0 0-0 0, Pounds 0 0-0 0, White 0 0-0 0, Servine 2 2-2 8, Atkins 7 2-3 18, Sleeth 0 0-0 0, Gill 0 0-0 0, Watts 2 1-2 5, Hodl 3 2-4 10, Mietus 0 0-0 0, Donner 0 0-0 0, Williams 4 0-0 8. Totals 18 7-11 49.

FRANKLIN - Tauchikawa 0 3-5 3, Hudson 3 0-0 8, Atabeha 2 2-2 6, Lewis 6 1-3 13, Brooks 0 0-0 0, Snow 0 0-0 0, Pollard 0 0-0 0, Yarborough 0 0-0 0, Bell 0 0-0 0, Hendricks 6 2-3 14, Haywood 4 4-6 14. Totals 21 12-19 58.

3-point goals - Servine 2, Atkins 2, Hodl 2, Hudson 2, Haywood 2. Total fouls - Ferris 17, Franklin 11. Fouled out - Servine.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Color photo

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