Prior to Tuesday night’s game at Columbus East, Franklin Central boys basketball coach John Rockey reminded his Flashes about the Olympians’ three-point victory the previous year.
Franklin Central achieved a little revenge in a big way. The Flashes led from start to finish in rolling to a 72-47 victory.
“We put a little something on our scouting report about that — about them beating us at our place,” Rockey said. “These last two weeks are all about getting better and getting ready for sectional. They kind of came into our house and busted our momentum last year.”
The Olympians (11-6) were within 23-19 with three minutes left in the first half. Franklin Central (8-9) then went on an 24-3 run to take a 47-22 lead midway through the third quarter.
“I don’t think we played with much energy,” East coach Brent Chitty said. “I think Franklin Central played with a lot of energy, and they just whooped us. We got whooped from the minute they threw that (ball up) to the minute it ended. We just have to go back to work and try to do better.”
The Flashes sizzled shooting the ball. They were 57.8 percent (26 of 45) from the field, including 60 percent (9 of 15) from 3-point range.
“We shot the ball a lot better than we usually do, so that made a big difference,” Rockey said. “Shooting makes up for all our other ills that we have. I thought we got great shots the first half. I told them I loved watching them play because of the great shots we were getting.”
Conversely, the Olympians shot only 34.1 percent (15 of 44) from the field, including 28.6 percent (6 of 21) from 3-point range and 52.4 percent (11 of 21) from the free-throw line. Franklin Central outrebounded East 33-23 and forced 19 Olympian turnovers.
East wasn’t at full strength going into the game. Sophomore Connor Umphress, who led the Olympians with 23 points in Saturday’s 49-48 loss at Ben Davis, suffered a Lisfranc injury late in that game and did not play Tuesday.
Bryce Lienhoop led East with 13 points and six rebounds. Zach Martindale added 11 points.
“I’m just speechless,” Chitty said. “It didn’t matter who played, we just didn’t have it. (Franklin Central) played hard, and they wanted to win. They took it to us.
“They hit shots,” he said. “They shoot the ball well; they guarded well. They whooped us on the boards. We didn’t block out. We just got whipped.”
The Olympians travel to Madison on Friday.