Mars Boys Basketball Passes Early Test At Franklin Regional
Monday night’s section opener at Franklin Regional could’ve very well been classified as a trap game for top-ranked Mars.
Thinking about their trip to Las Vegas this weekend, the Planets first needed to get past what could be their toughest section game of the season, and they did.
Thanks to a late 13-0 run, Mars defeated previously undefeated Franklin Regional on the road, 59-51, in Section 3-5A play.
It was a strong start for the Planets, jumping out to a 13-5 lead after the first eight minutes. Mars held that same eight point advantage at halftime, but things started to sway towards the home Panthers in the third quarter.
Franklin Regional outscored Mars 18-6 in the third quarter to take a four point lead heading into the final quarter.
Facing their first test of adversity this season, the Planets responded will, making clutch free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Senior Andrew Recchia led Mars, scoring 17 points in the game and 11 in the final quarter,. Senior Khori Fusco finished with 15 points and junior Michael Carmody had 12.
Senior Mike Klingensmith led Franklin Regional with 17 points.
Mars improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the section. The Planets will compete in the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas this week. Their first game is on Wednesday against Palo Verde (NV) at 2:20 p.m.
Franklin Regional drops its first game of the season, falling to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the section. The Panthers will have a quick turnaround as they travel to Armstrong tonight for a section game at 7:30 p.m.