Buchholz evens record behind Frank's play

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Buchholz may not have played the kind of basketball game it wanted Friday night against Naples Golden Gate in the first day of the Bobcat Shootout. But it was good enough for a 66-45 win and a 10-10 record for the season.

"We got a little disoriented in some points of the game, but we were able to hold on and make the critical plays down the stretch," Buchholz coach Bob Horodyski said. "Ten and 10 is a lot better than 9-11.

"Our players knew that and they did whatever it took to get the job done."

The Bobcats used an electric second quarter, when they outscored the Tigers 18-6, to take a commanding 15-point lead going into halftime.

But even after being down by as many as 19 points midway through the third quarter, the Tigers (9-10) didn't quit.

They went on an 11-0 run to close the quarter to put themselves within reach for the fourth quarter.

That's when senior Brian Frank stepped in.

He scored eight of his 26 points in the closing period and put the Tigers away for good.

"Frank's shooting has gotten much better," Horodyski said about his forward, who hit a game-high four three-pointers. "We knew that if we got to the basket and he stayed open on the wing, it was going to be a long night for (the Tigers)."

Buchholz senior Matt Wise added 15 points and 13 rebounds while Naples' junior JD Woods led his team with 14 points.

The Bobcats will play their second game of the shootout today against West Port at 6:45 p.m.

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