The New Franklin boys basketball team proved it all week that a lower seeded team can win the district tournament just as easily as a No. 1, 2 or 3 seed.
After knocking off top-seeded Fayette 64-53 on Thursday in the Class 2 District 14 Tournament at Stover, the Bulldogs took it one step further on Saturday by beating second-seeded Cole Camp 44-38 for the title.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 20-8 on the season, will now advance to the Class 2 Sectional Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 27th at State Fair Community College in Sedalia starting at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will play Skyline, who won 62-60 in overtime against No. 1 Adrian  in the championship in the Class 2 District 13 Tournament Saturday in Archie.
The winner of Wednesday’s sectional game will move on to the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 2nd at Liberty North High School against the winner of Plattsburg-Mid-Buchanan starting at 1 p.m.
New Franklin coach Ross Dobson said he couldn’t be any happier for this group of boys. “This was one of our long term goals at the start of the season and we accomplished that with great teamwork and support from the New Franklin community,” Dobson said. “They have literally gave everything they had for one another and played for each other.”
Needless to say, the win didn’t come easy for New Franklin. Although the Bulldogs outscored Cole Camp in all four quarters, the lead was only two (21-19) at the break and three (31-28) at the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, in the final period, New Franklin outscored Cole Camp 13-10 to win the game by six.
Gavin Bishop, who has been on a tear as of lately, finished the game with 16 points. Kolby Anson chipped in nine, Tyler Perkins eight, Carter Bailey, Jackson Dorson and Tysen Dowell each with three and Tre Cowans with two.
New Franklin also finished the game shooting 57 percent from the foul line by hitting 13 of 23 shots.
For Cole Camp, Ethan Ives had 14 while Landon Baalman and Kaden Harms tossed in nine points each.