Peterson Paces Franklin to Win Over Mansfield
By Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars
Stars Who Shined
Connor Peterson ‘18 F – Simply a game-changing presence for the Panthers, Peterson’s impact was felt on both ends of the floor. He matched up with Hornets big man Sam Goldberg and clearly came out on top with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in a victorious effort.
After he missed three games over winter break, Neely is very glad to have Peterson back in the lineup.
“Anytime you have [Peterson] on the floor he’s a force and he’s someone that’s very difficult for the other team to deal with,” said Neely. “For us, getting him the ball early is always important, because it’s like a running game in football, you establish CP inside and everything else really opens up on the perimeter.”
Josh Macchi ‘17 F – While Peterson set the tone with his physical post game, Macchi carried the torch for the Panthers, as they continued to create separation in the first half. The senior finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds while playing excellent defense on Goldberg and the other Hornets forwards.
Chris Edgehill ‘20 G – An impressive performance at Catholic Memorial on January 3 earned Edgehill a place in the Panthers starting lineup and he continued to serve as a calming presence against Mansfield’s consistent full court pressure.
The freshman finished with 11 points and 3 assists while adding a pair of steals and hustling all over the court to win several 50-50 balls.
Paul Mahon ‘18 F – The Panthers junior captain came up with a few creative offensive plays in a game that certainly lacked for offense. Like Edgehill, he also scored 11 points and dropped 3 dimes, and most of that production came during the second half.
Franklin badly needed a calming presence after committing four turnovers in the opening minutes of the third quarter and Mahon found Peterson for a key bucket to keep the Hornets at arm’s length.
Jalen Samuels ‘19 F – Samuels fouled out towards the end of this game, but frankly, was victimized by several bad calls. He finished with 3 steals, 4 rebounds and no official blocks, but he rejected shots emphatically on two occasions and was called for a body foul after he fouled through and made contact with a Hornets player.
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