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Hot Dogs earn Sagamore road win versus Chargers

By Bob Cox/Journal Review - bcox@jrpress.com

LINDEN — North Montgomery celebrated Winter Homecoming before tipoff of Friday’s Sagamore Conference contest against Frankfort. The celebration was short-lived as the Hot Dogs dominated the middle quarters on their way to a 69-62 victory.

The Chargers opened the game up looking like they might get their first SAC win of the season, leading 21-11 with just over three minutes into the second quarter. However, a late run by Frankfort narrowed the Charger lead to just 29-27 at the half.

Charger Coach Eric Danforth was pleased with his team’s effort early in the game. He praised the offensive movement and execution from his starting players. However, once he started substituting, momentum switched to Frankfort.

“We got off to the start we needed with good execution and good defense,” Danforth said. “(Frankfort) went on a run and we didn’t have an answer.”

Frankfort (7-12, 3-3 SAC) came out in the second half with the hot hand. In fact, the Hot Dogs outscored the Chargers 20-9 in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 47-38 going into the final frame.

North Montgomery (7-12 , 0-5 SAC) got the deficit down to six early in the fourth quarter, however four straight turnovers led to easy Hot Dog baskets and the lead quickly became too much for North Montgomery to overcome.

“We made a good run and were down by six and had the ball,” Danforth said. “Then we turned the ball over and did not play any defense. (Frankfort’s) lead got too much for us.”

Frankfort was led by junior guard Casey Henry, who scored 25 points, which is 17 points above his season average. He hit seven-of-11 field goal attempts including six of nine behind the three-point arch. The Hot Dogs shredded the Charger defense most of the night by shooting 60 percent (25-41) from the field.

Two other Hot Dogs, Noah Dubree and Malik King, reached double figures with 14 and 12 points respectively.

The Chargers were led by junior Kade Kobel’s 16 points. Other double-figure scorers for North Montgomery were seniors Justin Clary and Caleb Donahue with 14 apiece.

North Montgomery finished the game by hitting 22-of-45 field goal attempts (48 percent) including 11-out-of-23 treys. Both teams had 13 turnovers.

The Chargers, who entered the game on a modest two-game winning streak, will try to get back on track Tuesday at North Putnam before an away game Friday at SAC leader Tri-West. Frankfort’s next game will be home against Hamilton Heights.

At Linden

HOT DOGS 69. CHARGERS 62

Frankfort

D. Moore 3 0-0 6, Dubree 6 2-2 14, Henry 7 5-5 25, Siegfried 2 2-2 7, King 5 1-2 12, Sandoval 1 0-0 2, J. Moore 1 1-2 3. Totals – 25 11-13 69.

North Montgomery

Tompson 2 1-2 5, Donahue 4 3-4 14, Shaw 3 1-2 7, Kobel 5 2-2 16, Clark 5 0-1 14, Bradford 1 0-0 2, Warren 1 0-0 2, Cain 1 0-0 2. Totals – 22 7-11 62.

Frankfort 7 20 20 27 - 69

N. Montgomery 12 17 9 24 - 62

3-point goals – Frankfort 8 (Henry 6, Siegfried, King), North Montgomery 11 (Clark 4, Kobel 4, Donahue 3). Total fouls – Frankfort 14, North Montgomery 15.