New Franklin boys will play New Bloomfield for third place on Saturday

The New Franklin boys basketball team showed no quit in the fight Thursday night against South Callaway in the semifinal round of the Sturgeon Tournament.
Trailing South Callaway 19-5 after one and 31-16 at the break, the Bulldogs rallied back with a 19-5 advantage in the third to cut the lead to one at 36-35. Unfortunately for New Franklin, they had nothing left in the final period as South Callaway pulled away with a 15-9 scoring edge for a 52-44 victory.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said the boys didn’t come to play in the first half physically and mentally. “We kind of backed down from their pressure and their effort,” Dobson said. “Credit to South Callaway for putting the pressure on us which caused us to turn the basketball over countless number of times which led to easy baskets for them. I am proud of our effort out of halftime which we cut our 16 points deficit to only two going into the fourth, but we ran out of gas. I am pleased that the boys didn’t give up and kept fighting.”
Kaden Helsel had 19 points and Treyson Gray 15 to lead all scorers for South Callaway. Landon Clark and Dylan Paschang each had seven.
For New Franklin, who dropped to 12-5 on the season, Bailey Lyons had 20, Mason Bailey 11, Tyler Perkins eight, Carter Bailey four and Jackson Dorson with one.