Brandon Herrick scored a season-high 30 points and dished out five assists to lead the Fremont-Mills boys basketball team to a rally from 15 points down to defeat Farragut 71-64 on Saturday.
After giving up 46 first half points, the Knights’ defense buckled down after halftime to allow just six field goals and 18 points.
“We didn’t play great defense in the first half and we played much better in the second,” said Fremont-Mills coach Matt Thompson. “They shot it well too but we didn’t play well enough on defense. In the second half we really played well on defense.”
Herrick connected on 10-of-17 field goals in the win, including both of his three-point attempts and the Knights as a whole shot 43.8 percent (25-for-57).
“Offensively we executed much better than we did against Sidney,” said Thompson, referring to his team’s dismal shooting in a 68-62 loss the night before. “We executed better, took better shots. We do that against Sidney and we probably win the game. Hopefully the kids are starting to see that if we execute and take better shots we can play.”
Dylan Miller added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Knights and Aaron Schoening chipped in with nine. Nate Meier added 11 rebounds off the bench.
Sidney sank a basket with no time on the clock to send the game into overtime, then outscored the Fremont-Mills boys 8-2 in the extra frame in a 68-62 victory on Friday.
The Knights struggled with their shooting and their shot selection, said coach Matt Thompson. Fremont-Mills shot just 27.6 percent from the field (18-of-65), including 6-of-30 on three point attempts.
“We just shot way too many three’s,” said Thompson. “It was a lot of quick shots, we didn’t run a lot of offense and get the ball into the post.”
The two teams combined for 55 fouls and 77 free throw attempts.
“Defensively we didn’t play that well,” said Thompson. “We had a real hard time containing the dribble and penetration. We were probably lucky to be in it in the fourth quarter, but the kids played hard and we had a shot.”
Brandon Herrick and Nate Meier each scored 11 to lead Fremont-Mills. Dylan Miller added 10 and Ryan Menicucci had nine points.
Brandon Anderson hit 13-of-16 free throws, including four in the final 29 seconds overtime, to lead the Cowboys with 22 points.
East Mills 59,
The East Mills boys basketball team built a 31-21 halftime lead en route to a 59-39 Corner Conference victory over Hamburg on Friday.
Nathan Day and Jake Bolton each scored 11 to lead East Mills. A.J. Westover added nine and Jake Doyle pitched in eight. Westover added six of the Wolverines 21 steals and added seven rebounds.
The Wolverines had 14 assists on 24 made baskets.
East Mills 59
The Fremont-Mills boys basketball forced 24 turnovers and pulled away late in the fourth quarter of a 63-59 victory over East Mills last Tuesday.
The Knights jumped out to an early 17-8 first quarter lead and led by as many as 14 in the first half before the Wolverines manage to rally and tie the game in second quarter quarter.
“We didn’t play bad, we actually had some stretches of our best basketball we just didn’t put four full quarters together,” said Fremont-Mills coach Matt Thompson.
Fremont-Mills was able to pull away in the second half with clutch free throw shooting (19-of-30). The Wolverines shots 11-of-26 at the line.
Thomas Ware led three Knights’ in double-figures with 16 points. Brandon Herrick added 14 and Dylan Miller 12. Miller also added 10 rebounds.
East Mills was led by Jake Doyle’s 18 points and Luke Schafer’s 15.