By R. Alan Richardson
It was a fitting end for the Morgan County JV boys’ basketball team as they came up just short of taking home the Championship Trophy losing to Franklin County 38-26 in the finals of the Region JV Tournament.
In the words of Coach Milfred Franklin, “After the game I told the players we did exactly what you are supposed to do throughout a season…get better as the season goes on and play your best in the playoffs. It doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish. I was proud of how the players matured and overcame adversity the last 2 1/2 months and became a team that played for each other. I look forward to taking two months off and getting the young guys back in the gym to get back to work.”
The young team entered the playoffs on a three-game win streak that, according to Franklin, was the result of understanding how to play and minimize their turnovers.
In the first contest over Jackson County, he said, “We came out very strong on the offensive end and executed our offense. We had great rhythm through the game.”
The second round pitted MOCO against the Monroe Purple Hurricanes who came in as the number one seed team. The Dogs put up a great defensive effort in the 34-32 win to advance to the finals vs. Franklin County. “Monroe came out strong against us and we had to adjust to their intensity at the beginning. We were able to chip away at their lead throughout the game which allowed us to make some key free throws at the end of the game to seal the deal. I was pleased with the effort from Aaron Mullins and Malachi Hardy. They maintained a strong inside presence against Monroe’s length.”
In the finals matchup with Franklin, it just wasn’t the Dogs’ night. According to Franklin, “We started a little slow and we missed a lot of normal shots we were accustomed to making. I believe some of that came from playing two tough games earlier. Our semifinal game took a lot out of us and it showed. They guys’ minds were in the right place but their bodies were fatigued and couldn’t get on the same page.”
Franklin sent out a special thank you to all of the parents, MCHS faculty, and fans that supported the JV team throughout the season.