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(webcast) Connersville 48, Franklin County 24; Spartans clinch EIAC tie

Brookville-  Connersville clinched a tie for the EIAC title Friday, doubling up Franklin County 48-24 in Brookville.

adinserter code=”44″] This game was part of our St. Elizabeth Healthcare Basketball Webcast Schedule and can be seen again in HD by clicking here.

In the opening quarter, scoring was very sparse as Connersville led 4-1.  The Wildcats only point was on a free throw by Chad Cox with 24 seconds to go.  Tobey Billups and Gage Brown each hit a field goal for the Spartans.

Coach Kerry Brown’s Connersville crew scored the first seven points of the second period and held a 14-6 advantage at halftime. Luke Sullenbarger and Kaleb Sparks each hit a 3-pointer for CHS while Bridger Bolos did the same for Franklin County.

Coach Eric Ebren’s Brookville boys managed to stay within striking distance during the third, trailing 27-17 at the stop.  Cox and Brant Ertel both scored four points for the Cats while Brown and Billups put in six and five points respectively for the Sparties.

But in the fourth, Connersville pulled away quickly with 11 unanswered points to lead 38-17.  CHS outscored FCHS 21-7 over the final eight minutes to win 48-24.

In the final frame for the Spartans, Sparks bucketed a pair of treys and one deuce for eight points.  Billups added five more points which included his second 3-point play of the night.  Cox had a triple and a two for five Wildcat points.

Our Southeastern Indiana REMC Power Players of the Game were Connersville’s Kaleb Sparks, Gabe Brown and Tobey Billups.  Sparks never missed a shot in five attempts for 13 points and also had a pair of rebounds plus two assists.  Brown also scored 13 points and had five boards.  Billups scored a dozen points and had a game-high five assists plus four caroms.

Chad Cox led Franklin County with 10 points, five rebounds and two swipes.

Connersville hit 59 percent from the field on 20 of 34 shooting while Franklin County converted just 8 of 34 from the floor for 24 percent.

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