Peterson Paces Franklin to Win Over Mansfield

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Peterson Paces Franklin to Win Over Mansfield
Connor Peterson '18 - Franklin

By Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars

MANSFIELD, Mass. – In a physical game between conference rivals, it pays to get ahead early.
 
The Franklin Panthers jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the first quarter and rode their defense to a 24-10 halftime advantage over host Mansfield on Friday night. They were able to maintain that margin throughout a disjointed second half and went on to defeat the Hornets 52-40, for their second consecutive win at Mansfield High.
 
“It feels great,” Franklin head coach CJ Neely said after the game. “The guys obviously bought into our game plan, especially defensively, and any time you’re able to hold a team like [Mansfield] to 40 in their own gym, you have to be happy. This is a hard place to win and we’ll take it any way we can get it.”
 
Franklin (7-0; 5-0) was paced by star junior Connor Peterson (12 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman point guard Chris Edgehill in the early going. Upperclassmen Josh Macchi (9 points) and Paul Mahon (11 points) chipped during the Panthers 9-0 run to close the second quarter, but defense clearly won the day.
 
Mansfield (7-2; 5-1) managed a season-low 40 points in the contest and barely cracked double digits with just five points in the first and second quarters. While the Hornets shots simply were not falling, as they went 1-for-9 from downtown in the first half, the Panthers stifling defense deserves plenty of credit.
 
“We’ve really been priding ourselves on the defensive end of the floor,” Neely explained. “That’s really what our program is about and we kind of let the offense take care of itself.”
 
He continued, “We felt like we had a really good scouting report and knew [The Hornets] really well. A lot of these guys know each other and play on the same AAU team, so we had a lot of familiarity and we were able to use that to lock people up.”
 
The Hornets fell behind by 19 points early in the third quarter and could never really recover. While they didn’t turn the ball over as often as their opponents and forced Franklin into 10 turnovers with relentless pressure down the stretch, Mansfield missed a lot of makeable shots and simply could not close the gap.
 
“This was a total team win,” Neely confirmed. “I told the players that this isn’t thanks to any one guy; it was everyone together on this one. It got a little sloppy down the stretch but luckily we were able to get out of here with a win.”

 

Stars Who Shined

 

Franklin

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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