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Rebels Use Late Surge Over McGavock for Semifinal Berth

Region Quarterfinals
Region Quarterfinals

Jordan Bruce dropped in seven 3-pointers, while Matt Thurman and Ahsharri Haynesworth dominated the middle on both ends of the court as Franklin bulldozed McGavock in the fourth quarter to take a 91-65 win a Region-AAA quarterfinal matchup at Brentwood Saturday. Bruce ignited the offensive explosion, tossing up only 11 shots (all 3-pointers) and hitting seven, including four straight from the deep right corner on four straight possessions in the first quarter. Bruce was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line, tallying a team-best 25 points in the victory.

Thurman was perfect on the night, shooting 8-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-4 at the free throw line and snatching eight rebounds. His mirror, Haynesworth, scored 17 points and added seven rebounds. More importantly, the wide-bodied senior led with controlled emotion, hustle and defense, especially in the fourth quarter as the Rebels outscored the Raiders 31-14 and ended the contest with a 27-5 run in the final five-and-a-half minutes.

"That is the best fourth quarter we've played all year," Rebels coach Darrin Joines said. "But I still think our best game is in the future." Saturday's game might be a contestant for that honor, as Franklin weathered a big night from arguably the best back court tandem in Middle Tennessee. Junior Monte Streate led all scorers with 26 points and fellow junior Marvin Hughes added 16 before fouling out with five minutes to play. The pair also held senior guard Reese Glover to 13 points on an off-shooting night. Struggling early, Glover turned his focus to defense, knowing his teammates would take care of the offense. "Everybody stepped up," he said. "I knew they would. We love each other. "I thought it was (Matt Thurman's) best game of the year. He went up strong, powered through contact and just played a great game."

The Rebels also got 29 solid minutes out of Reed Kemp who scored nine points, added nine assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals. There was a near overflow crowd for the contest, something Bruce said kept him fired up. "I looked down the sideline and it's filled with our folks," he said. "The student section was full. It was electric." "We haven't played a road game," Joines echoed. "Our fans travel and that fuels us in the right way." Franklin will need that fuel Tuesday night when the Rebels face Summit for the fourth time this season. The Spartans advanced with a 50-39 win against Overton in Saturday's final game. The Rebels beat the Spartans twice in the regular season, both times by a slim two points, before adding a 12-point victory last week in the District 11-AAA tournament.
Franklin boys 91, McGavock 65, Region 6-AAA quarterfinal

MHS – 19 20 12 14 – 65

FHS – 25 18 17 31 – 91

MHS (65) – Monte' Streate 10-25 4-4 26, Chase Sain 2-8 1-2 5, Devion Bowen 2-3 1-2 5, Marvin Hughes 7-15 1-1 16, Devon West 4-5 0-0 10, Recco Seay 0-1 0-0 0, Corey Huey 1-1 1-2 3, Jamel Grant 0-0 0-0 0, Shemar Kirk 0-1 0-0 0-0. Totals – 26-59 8-11 65.

FHS (91) – Ahsharri Haynesworth 6-9 5-8 17, Reese Glover 5-18 1-2 13, Reed Kemp 3-6 3-3 9, Jordan Bruce 7-11 4-4 25, Matt Thurman 8-8 4-4 20, Jacob McGraw 0-0 0-0 0, Finlay Long 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Beavon 0-1 2-2 2, Austin Wadzinski 1-1 0-0 3, Luis Sanchez 1-1 0-0 2, Fisher Anderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals – 31-57 19-23 91.

3-point goals – MHS 5-22 (West 2-3, Streate 2-12, Hughes 1-4); FHS 10-23 (Bruce 7-11, Glover 2-10, Wadzinski 1-1). Rebounds – MHS 27 (Sain 8); FHS 37 (Thurman 8, Haynesworth 7). Assists – MHS 10 (Hughes 5); FHS 19 (Kemp 9). Steals – MHS 5 (Sain 4); FHS 7 (Haynesworth 2, Kemp 2). Turnovers – MHS 13; FHS 11. Total Fouls – MHS 16; FHS 12. Fouled Out – Hughes.

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Source:  Williamson Herald