By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Franklin High School boys hoops team came up short on Friday night as they fell to Mansfield by a score of 59-47. It was a contest that came down to defense and Mansfield stepped up on that end in a big way.
Both teams opened up the game a little slow before Franklin's Chris Edgehill found the bottom of the net for the first points over two minutes into play. From there, Mansfield jumped on the Panthers and rattled off 12 straight points themselves to take a ten point lead. Panthers captain Paul Mahon scored four points towards the end of the quarter to keep his team in it at 12-6.
In the second, Mansfield continued to hold down Franklin as they outscored them 17-7 and took a 29-13 lead into the half. The Hornets would not let up in the third either as they started the second half on a 14-4 run. The game was pretty much out of hand heading into the fourth, but Franklin wasn't going down without a fight.
The Panthers turned to a press which was able to take Mansfield's offense off of their game. Franklin battled back to get the game to within ten late, but the deficit was just too large and the Hornets held on. Mansfield was led by John McCoy who shot well from deep and picked up 16 points, five steals and four rebounds. Damani Scott and Justin Vine were also shooting it well and ended up with 13 and 11 points for Mansfield respectively.
Franklin was led by Mahon with 15 points and four rebounds on his stat sheet. Edgehill also poured in 16 points in the loss. The Panthers suffer just their second loss of the season as they sit at 15-2 and 12-2 in the Hockomock. They will host Attleboro on Tuesday night.