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Franklin Monroe sophomore Ethan Conley hits for two against Brookville Friday during the title game in
the annual Holiday Tournament. Conley pumped in 20 on Thursday to lead the Jets to the win over
Mississinawa Valley and 18 in a 49-42 loss to the Blue Devilson Friday.
CNO Photos by George Starks
Franklin Monroe falls in tournament title game
MV takes consolation over Arcanum
By George Starks

PITSBURG- “Getting to the championship game means nothing if you can’t win your own tournament.”

Those were the words of Franklin Monroe coach Troy Myers Friday after his Jets were grounded at The Hangar by Brookville 49-42 in the Jet Holiday Tournament.

“That’s a sectional final game. Maybe even a district final game but I am disappointed because we were on our home floor and we had chances,” Myers said. “We had our chances down the stretch.”

It’s a known fact that championships are won with good defense and the Jets played good defense, especially in the second half.

With 6’9” senior Kameron Thurmond on the floor, a staunch 2-3 zone proved to be too much for Brookville as the big man was clogging the middle and altering Blue Devil shots at times.

With Thurmond on the bench in foul trouble, Brookville was able to exploit the Jets interior defense.

Even with all that, the Blue Devils could only put up 15 second half points after trailing 34-26 at the break.

“It’s uncharacteristic of us to play a zone defense but they were hurting us when we were in a man to man,” said Myers. “I take a lot of that on my own shoulders because I saw them play multiple times and knew they weren’t very good against the zone. We were selfish in our own way because we wanted to stay true to our own identity. We tried to play man but it just wasn’t getting the job done. In the zone, it slowed them down and it gave us a chance to win this game down the stretch.”

After a 20 point, 10 rebound performance the night before against Mississinawa Valley, sophomore Ethan Conley came back with an 18 point scoring night to lead all in scoring.

“He’s a man among boys,” said Myers. “Ethan is a load for anybody. There’s not too many kids out there that can match-up with him. Kameron takes up a lot of space under the bucket and presents problems for other teams but tonight, he got into foul trouble and that doesn’t work for us.” 

Trailing 22-16 after one, Conley carried the bulk of the Jets offense with 10 but had very little help from the rest of his teammates.

With only 26 first half points, Myers pointed to only one thing as the culprit.

“It was poor shot selection,” said Myers. “When you’re in a possession basketball game like this, one or two possessions down the stretch, you have to understand how valuable those possessions are in the first half. Or selection was better in the second half but it didn’t work out in our favor.”

With Brookville senior Tyler Scherer on the bench with a leg injury sustained the night before against Mississinawa Valley, the pendulum should have swung in the Jets favor.

“It really doesn’t matter who’s on the floor for the other team,” said Myers. “We have to play better on both ends of the floor with or without him out there. Bottom line is simple. Our third quarter defense put us in position to win this game and we didn’t take advantage of it.”

In the consolation game, it was Mississinawa Valley pulling out a slim 42-40 victory over the winless Arcanum Trojans.

MV senior Trent Perkins drives to the bucket against Arcanum in the consolation gameFriday.
The Hawks pulled out a tough win over the winless Trojans, 42-40. Perkins was the lone
Hawk named to the All-Tournament team.
Arcanum’s Maverick Hilderbrand drives against a Mississinawa Valley player during third quarter
action of the consolation game in the Jet Tournament Friday.
The All-Tournament team (LtoR) Cody Cox (MVP), Dalton Stewart, Jacob Gudorf (Brookville),
Ethon Conley and Kyle Ressler (FM) and Trent Perkins (MV).

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