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Good Sports: No. 2 Mansfield 53, Franklin 50

January, 25, 2014
BOSTON -- No field goals in the fourth quarter? No problem for Mansfield -- sort of.

The Hornets were held without a field goal in the entire fourth quarter but Franklin's buzzer-beating three pointer at the end of the game rimmed out and Mansfield held on for a 53-50 win.

Mansfield led by as much as 18 in the third quarter after opening the second half on an 8-0 run, but once the lead reached as much, Franklin turned up their defensive pressure and made it a six point game, 46-40, heading into the final quarter.

"When we went on that run, they had one of two choices to either roll over and let the game end or come out in fight and in typical Franklin fashion they were going to fight to the last second and they did so," said Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan. "I thought our guys were resilient and battled through a few missed free throws and taking care of the ball and getting a few key possessions."

With both teams trading misses in the fourth quarter, Franklin senior Chris Rodgers hit a three to make it a two-point game at 50-48. Rocky DeAndrade (17 points) hit two free throws to extend the lead to four, but Rodgers darted up the court and his layup brought Franklin within two at 52-50 with 5.5 seconds left.

The Hornets then sent Michael Boen (seven points) to the line, who hit the second of his two chances to give Mansfield a 53-50 lead with 4.5 seconds left. On the final play, Franklin senior Pat O'Reilly tossed a pinpoint pass three-quarters of the court to 6-foot-7 Marcus Giese, who turned and laid it off to Rodgers. Rodgers' shot looked destined to go down but just rimmed out.

"Defense, guys started digging in," said Franklin head coach Dean O'Connor of what brought his team back into the game. "Someone just told me [Mansfield] only had four baskets in the second half. They missed a couple free throws and kept us in it but we just really dug in defensively. We were down 16 or something in the third and it looked like it was going to be a tough night. These guys just kept battling and we started making some shots and we were in the game."

Mansfield shot just 7-for-13 from the charity strike in the fourth quarter but it proved to be enough to sweep the season series against their rival.

"Whenever you play Franklin and you get out of the game with a victory, you're fortunate," said Vaughan. "They're a very good team, well coached and execute great. You throw in the factor for three and a half quarters we played very good basketball and then kind of went cold. We experienced that the other night with Attleboro when we weren't making shots it kind of came back."

The Hornets jumped out to a 9-2 led at the start of the game behind a strong start from Kyle Wisnieski (8 points in the first quarter, 12 total), but Franklin finished the opening frame on a 7-3 run to trail 12-9 after one. The second quarter is when Mansfield was able to being their separation, doubling up on the Panthers 22-11 in the quarter, sparking by nine points from Rocky DeAndrade and back to back three's from freshmen Matt Elrich and Max Boen.

"I think Rocky making some consistent plays throughout the game on both ends of the floor, including some tough drives in the first half, was a big difference," Vaughan said.

One of the Hornets' top scoring threats, Ryan Boutler, was held to just five points in the game after getting full attention of the Panther defense. But Vaughan said it was important they were able to pull out a win without his scoring.

"I think it shows we have other players that can step up and make big plays," he said. "We had the two freshmen hit two big threes that were kind of backbreakers for them, they had defensive possessions yet we were able to get points out of it."

The Panthers received offensive contributions from multiple players in their third quarter comeback. Giese scored five of his 13 points, O'Reilly netted four of his 10, and Rodgers, Tim Prunier and Danny McDermott all scored to close the gap.

"I'm proud of the way the guys battled the whole way," said O'Connor. "It would have been nice to pull it out but going forward its going to help us out a lot as a team to be able to play that kind of defense and stop a team like Mansfield."

Mansfield (13-1) will be back in action on Tuesday when they look to make it two wins in a row with a trip to King Philip. Franklin (8-5) will look to bounce back when they look to avenge an early season loss to Taunton.

D1 South: Mansfield 58, Franklin 47 (OT)

March, 2, 2013

MANSFIELD, Mass. –- One of the greatest rivalries in the Hockomock League added another chapter on Saturday, with Mansfield getting the better of Franklin 57-48 in overtime in the MIAA Division 1 quarterfinals.

Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan and Franklin head coach Dean O’Connor have been on the same staff and both work at the Mass Premier Courts. The program’s familiarity with each other is apparent. They split the season series with each team winning at home and it’s the second straight year the teams have met in the playoffs.

Both sides had answers for one another throughout the game, but in overtime, Mansfield took over.

The Hornets outscored the Panthers 11-2 in the extra period, behind 5 points from point guard Rocky DeAndrade. With Mansfield up 51-48 in the overtime, DeAndrade took an inbounds pass and calmly drained a three to extend their lead to 6.

“He’s been so steady all year just making big plays,” Vaughan said. “The last two games, he’s carried this team just making big baskets. Probably a bigger basket than the three was the pull up he had when we were down 3.”

DeAndrade was key in keeping Mansfield alive in the fourth, chipping in six of his game-high 21 in the fourth quarter. After Franklin point guard Sam Bohmiller hit three foul shots to give the Panthers a 45-42 lead, DeAndrade responded with a pull up jumper to bring the Hornets within one with just over a minute remaining.

“That doesn’t go, they get the ball and now you’re done three with a minute and a half,” Vaughan said. “He makes it, now we’re down one and you live another possession defensively you can stay aggressive.”

It worked as Mansfield came up with a stop. DeAndrade took it to the hoop himself and used a Rajon Rondo-esq fake before laying it in for an easy two to give Mansfield a 46-45 lead with 50.6 seconds to go.

“Rocky was the MVP of that game,” O’Connor said. “He made every big shot and that was the difference.”

Franklin had a chance to end the game in regulation, but their shot from the field missed. Panther junior Pat O’Reilly came up with the offensive board and was fouled doing so. With 6.1 seconds left on the clock, O’Reilly missed the first attempt but banked home the second to tie the game at 46.

Mansfield gave the ball to Brendan Hill, but the sophomore’s jumper was short and the fourth quarter ended in deadlock.

“They defend as good as anyone we’ll ever play,” Vaughan said. “They’re one of the special defensive teams in our division. Every basket is a grind, they don’t give up a lot of second chance points. Our guys stayed with it and battled through it.”

Mansfield took an 11-9 lead after the first quarter after Hornet sophomore Michael Boen came up with an offensive rebound and put back before the buzzer. Franklin’s Chris Rodgers' drive and layup tied the game at 22 just before the halftime break. Mansfield regained the lead after three in similar style they did in the first. Kevin Conner came up with an offensive board and laid it back in before the buzzer to give Mansfield 36-34 edge after three.

But after another nail biter of a fourth quarter, Mansfield persevered in overtime and advanced to the next round.

“We felt like they haven’t been in a lot of close games so if we could be in it late, we could have a good chance,” O’Connor said. “We had a couple of chances to increase the lead to four with some open looks at three. We went cold.”

The Panthers didn’t score a field goal in the overtime and added just two free throws.

“I can’t be mad,” O’Connor added. “We played a hell of a game. I think they have a little more talent than us and we just wanted to out-will them.”

Mansfield will now advance to Tuesday's D1 South Semifinals, at UMass-Boston's Clark Athletic Center, where they will face Brookline.

For four years, Sam Bohmiller has been an outstanding player for Franklin High School. The senior point guard comes up short of 1,000 career points and a state title, but his career has been nothing short of tremendous.

Bohmiller scored a team-high 19 points in the loss to Mansfield, despite constant defensive pressure and double-teams.

“We’ve had a lot of good players and Sam is right up there with any of them,” O’Connor said. “He’ just a great kid. I’m going to miss just having him around, never mind basketball. He played his heart out. He doesn’t come out and that was pretty much the whole season, he’s an iron man. He had a hell of a career.”

Opposing coaches won’t miss having to come up with defensive game plans to contain Bohmiller, but know just how important he was to this Franklin team.

“Talk about a special player for four years,” Vaughan said. “A unique player for this league, someone who was fun to watch. He did it without a lot of the game and a lot of the talk. He had to unfortunately follow in the shoes of Jake Layman and Aaron Calixte, but what an outstanding player he is.”