FROM STAFF REPORTS
FRANKFORT — Tristan Rodgers knocked down a late 3-pointer to give Frankfort a 47-45 victory over Traverse City St. Francis.
The Gladiators had two long-distance shots to take the lead back, but both missed the mark.
“It was a big win for Frankfort to beat a team the caliber of St. Francis,” Panthers coach Reggie Manville said.
David Loney led Frankfort with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Brandon Schaub added nine points and Rodgers scored all five of his points in the fourth quarter, when the Panthers outscored St. Francis 12-8.
Byron Bullough led the Gladiators (0-1) with 27 points and eight steals. Michael Olm had eight points and Matt Seybert grabbed eight rebounds.
“We just didn’t get much other support for Byron,” TCSF coach Keith Haske said. “We need someone to step up.”
Frankfort (1-0) hosts Benzie Central on Tuesday, while the Glads host Grayling that same night. Haske said the team plans on practicing on the completed gym floor Monday before the new surface’s season debut Tuesday.
Frankfort won the junior varsity game 44-43. Joe Coates led St. Francis with 12 points.