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Franklin Monroe sophomore Ethan Conley netted 21 points Tuesday to lead all scores in a
72-41 victory over Mississinawa Valley. CNO File Photo
Strong third quarter powers FM past MV
By George Starks

UNION CITY- If basketball was determined within the first 16 minutes, the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks would still have lost but the outcome would have been one that coach Tim Barga might have been a little more settling with.

At the end of the opening half, the home standing Hawks were right in the thick of things, down only by a 30-26 count.

Franklin Monroe went on a 21-8 scoring barrage in the third quarter and would eventually bury Mississinawa Valley, 72-41 in Cross County Conference action Tuesday.

“I don’t think we played poorly in the first half,” said Jets coach Troy Myers. “We didn’t make good shot choices. Our best player was taking shots in the first half and they weren’t going in. We were getting good looks but they just weren’t falling. We did do some things in the second half that I wanted to do. Getting the ball into the post was one of them. By doing this early in the second half, it allowed us to establish ourselves there.”

Taking a four point lead into the break, it was sophomore Ethan Conley that had carried the load for the Jets, scoring half of the FM point total of 30.

In the end, the Jets put four in double figures as the youngest of the Conley boys had 21 to lead the way while senior Mason Conley netted eleven.

Trailing 15-12 after one, the Jets went on a 10-2 run to open the second frame, taking a 22-17 advantage early.

The Hawks would storm back, never letting the Jets out of their sights, only to trail by four at the break.

It was a third quarter scene that was all too familiar for Barga.

“The third quarter every game hurts us,” said Barga. “It’s turnover after turnover, and we just don’t have anyone who wants to control the game on the court.”

If the third quarter wasn’t enough, Barga had to watch his kids lose the fourth frame by a 21-7 count to fall by 31 points.

With four in double figures, Myers was pleased with the attack on offense.

“It was nice to get a balanced scoring attack and nearly five guys in double figures tonight,” Myers stated. “I thought we were a little selfish in the first half and I didn’t we had good ball movement. It was touching out best player’s hands, but it wasn’t moving as much as we wanted it to. In the second half, it moved, we got it inside, and Kam did some work. Then we got it outside and knocked down threes.”

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