Boys Basketball: Franklin Tech closes on 12-0 run to beat Hampden Charter

  • Franklin Tech’s Garret Cole, left, goes in for a layup past Hampden Charter defender William Abange in the third quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Garret Cole hits the game winning free throw against Hampden Charter at the end of the fourth quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Ryan Bergmann, left, hits a three-pointer over Hampden Charter defender Jamaal Joseph at the end of the third quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Garret Cole, right, drives to the hoop against Hampden Charter defender William Abange in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Justin Littlewood, center, takes a shot between Hampden Charter defenders William Abange, left, and Jamaal Joseph in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Bailey Young, center, drives to the hoop between Hampden Charter defenders William Abange, left, and Jamaal Joseph in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Justin Littlewood, center, drives to the hoop between Hampden Charter defenders Curen'cee Smith, left, and Jamaal Joseph in the third quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Garret Cole, right, grabs a rebound over Hampden Charter’s William Abange in the third quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Franklin Tech’s Bailey Young drives the ball past Hampden Charter’s Shaun'Dez Buckhannon in the third quarter Thursday night in Turners Falls. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2020 10:48:07 PM
Modified: 1/16/2020 10:47:14 PM

TURNERS FALLS — A lot can change in a short amount of time in a basketball game. 

The Franklin Tech boys team trailed Hampden Charter School of Science 59-50 with 1:37 left on the clock when Garrett Cole converted a three-point play to pump some energy into the Eagles. 

Franklin Tech proceeded to go on a 12-0 run to close out the game to earn a 62-59 Tri-County North win on its home court.

“It was the intensity that changed,” Eagle coach Tim Artus said. “We talked at halftime that we needed to change the intensity. We talked about it again when I called the timeout with three minutes to go. It was all about putting the energy where it needed to be to get the result we wanted.”

Following Cole’s basket and free throw, Tech got a stop on the other end and raced down the court, where Bailey Young spotted up on the left corner and banged home 3-pointer to put the Eagles down 59-56 with 1:18 left on the clock. 

It didn’t take Franklin Tech (7-4, 2-1) long to strike again, as it got another stop on the defensive end which led to a Noah Ausikaitis layup on the other end to put the Eagles down one, 59-58, with 50 ticks remaining. 

A missed show and deflection by the Wolves (6-2, 0-2), gave Tech the ball under its basket, but a travel put the ball back in Hampden Charter’s hands with 30.1 seconds showing on the scoreboard. 

With the Wolves not needing to shoot with the lead, the Eagles were forced to either go for a steal or foul. 

Tech chose to go for a steal first, but a failed attempt led to a foul, but Hampden Charter wasn’t in the bonus yet. On the ensuing inbound, the Wolves were sloppy with the ball, leading to a steal by Young. 

Young drove into the paint but missed his first attempt, getting the offensive board but missing the second attempt as well. Eagle forward Justin Littlewood tapped the rebound into the hands of Cole, who took a dribble and went to score but was fouled, sending him to the line with 11.8 seconds left. 

The senior calmly stepped to the line, draining the first to tie the game at 59 before swishing the second to put Franklin Tech ahead. 

“That changed the whole setting of the game,” Cole said. “They lost all confidence in themselves after that. I was making free throws the whole game because they were the last person they wanted to get that. I just knew I had to get the ball if we wanted to win it.”

With one last attempt to score, Hampden Charter couldn’t get the ball past half court, as Cole stole a pass and was fouled with 2.7 ticks remaining.

“It felt awesome,” Cole said. “I saw it, the kid was freaking out and was about to throw it somewhere.” 

Once again, he made both free throws, and a full-court heave by the Wolves was unsuccessful to clinch the win. 

“This is a good win for us,” Artus said. “We learned about how to win a game as a group. It’s a big growth game for the team in terms of that. It was a game they weren’t going to give to us, they showed it in the second quarter. We proved to ourselves that we could grow into winning a game like this.”

Cole finished with 21 points and 20 rebounds, coming through when the Eagles needed him most late. 

“Very happy with the way he played,” Artus said. “Garrett is one of those players that is immensely talented but he also is willing to do all the little things to help us win. He’s willing to mix it up for rebounds, he’s willing to make sure he’s in the right position, he’s communicating with teammates. He does a lot for this team.”

Franklin Tech got out to a 14-9 lead after the game’s first eight minutes, but a 21-point second quarter by the Wolves left the Eagles trailing 30-28

In the third, Young knocked down three 3’s to keep Tech in the game while the Hampden Charter offense was cooking, opening up a 50-43 lead going into the final quarter of play. 

Young finished with a game-high 25 points on six 3-pointers. 

“He is a competitor,” “In a big game that has a lot of intensity like this one, it doesn’t faze him.” 

The Eagles are back in action next Friday, taking on Duggan on the road. 


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