The New Franklin boys basketball team captured the third place trophy in the annual Sturgeon Tournament on Saturday by beating Westran in double overtime 53-51.
The Bulldogs, who fell to Community in the semifinal round on Thursday in a No. 1 verus No. 5 matchup, trailed Westran 24-22 at the break and 37-30 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 17-10 advantage in the final period to tie the game at 47-all. Meanwhile, after both teams put up just two points in the first overtime, New Franklin came back and outscored the Hornets 4-2 in the second for the victory.
“The boys never quit fighting last night,” said New Franklin coach Ross Dobson. “During the middle periods of the game we didn’t work as hard as we needed to, and we lost the lead.  But they never gave up.  We had some big plays from multiple people and it was a team first effort from everybody.  I couldn’t have been happier with the fight the boys had inside of them.”
Tyler Perkins had 17 points to lead all scorers for New Franklin, who improved to 12-6 on the season. Gavin Bishop chipped in 13 while Kolby Anson added 10, Tre’ Cowans eight and Jackson Dorson with three.
New Franklin also hit on 16 of 27 shots from the foul line for 59 percent.
For Westran, Ben Miller had 13 and Seth Berry with 10.