Bohmiller Boosts Franklin to Blowout Win Over Sharon

Markus Bohmiller

Franklin senior Markus Bohmiller poured in a career-high 28 points on Tuesday night. (Ryan Lanigan/
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
FRANKLIN, Mass. – It was cold outside, but Franklin was red hot on both ends of the floor, rolling to a 83-46 win over Sharon.
Senior Markus Bohmiller scored a career-high 28 points, with 22 coming in the first half, as the Panthers built a 25-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
“First quarters have been tough for us to be honest,” Franklin head coach CJ Neely said. “It’s something we’ve talked about coming out and doing well. I thought we did a great job defensively, getting in their business and setting the tone right from the beginning. We’ve been playing well in the other quarters but we can’t wait around, we have to get it going early.”
The Panthers forced four turnovers to start the game while converting on the other end and jumped out to an 11-3 lead. Sharon’s Peter Banks converted in the paint to bring the Eagles within six at 11-5 but the Panthers responded with a 14-0 run to create enough separation for the remainder of the game.
Bohmiller was the spark in the first with 12 points and added 10 more points in the second quarter.
“The shot is something I’ve been going to most of the year but fast break layups are a big part of what we’re trying to do this year too,” Bohmiller said. “We all got off to a fast start, I just happened to be the guy who put it in the hoop.”
The teams had a more even second quarter, with Franklin having a 18-13 edge, giving the Panthers a 43-31 lead going into half.
The third quarter played out similar to the first as Franklin opened up the lead even more. The Panthers used another strong defensive performance to outscore the Eagles 22-8 in the quarter to go up 65-29.
“I guess you could say we were flat,” Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman said. “We had no game plan, we had nothing in place, there was no question about it. At the end of the day, we’re kids and we didn’t react well tonight at all. They’re much better than we are. We’re getting better everyday but we’re not at their level. I’m more upset at the fact that for the first time this year we just didn’t give a good effort. We pride ourselves on giving a good competitive effort and we just didn’t do it. Whether it be not practicing the last three days, it’s effected everyone so you can’t use that as an excuse.”
In the fourth quarter, Franklin freshman Connor Peterson scored a career-best 12 points while Mike Skaza had two points, two boards and four assists. Franklin’s three highest scorers on the season – Marcus Giese, Dylan Reno and Tim Prunier – combined for 14 points.
“That’s the beauty of the team we have – no body cares who scores,” Neely said. “Markus had the hot hand so they were feeding him the ball when he was open. They’re more interested in the standings. Hopefully we can keep this going. Bohmiller had a great game for us. It was a good game for us, I’m proud of them.”
David Roelke finished with 13 points for the Eagles while Michael Zola had 11 points and five boards.
Franklin (13-3) will be back in action on Friday, playing in the back end of a girls-boys doubleheader at 7:30. Sharon (8-6) will look to bounce back on Friday at Oliver Ames.
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