From staff reports
One week after suffering a heart attack, Frankfort coach Reggie Manville was back on the Panthers bench Wednesday night.
It turned out to be Benzie Central’s night, however.
Corey Weaver led a balanced attack with 25 points and 22 rebounds as the Huskies handed Northwest Conference rival Frankfort its first loss, 66-47.
Manville suffered a heart attack last Wednesday. He had three stents put in Thursday.
“I’m a little tired,” Manville said after the game. “Maybe I rushed it. Hey, you know how it is. I wanted to be there for the kids. It was an emotional rollercoaster at school when they (players) found out I had the heart attack. I think it kind of drained them. But everything is okay. I’m fine.
“Give Benzie Central credit. They did a good preparing for us. They played a really good game.”
The loss creates a tie atop the Northwest with the Panthers and Glen Lake having one loss.
Frankfort (11-1) led 29-23 at half.
“The wheels fell off,” Manville said. “We gave up 43 points in the second half. That’s our average (for an entire game).”
In addition to Weaver’s 25, Ismael Halaweh added 13 points, Nate Oren 12 and Javier Rodriquez 10 for the Huskies (6-7), (6-2).
Owen Stratton’s 24 points topped Frankfort. David Loney, the team’s leading scorer, was held to six. He did have 11 rebounds.
“We really tried to take the Loney kid out of the game and went box-and-one on him,” Benzie coach Matt Olson said. “We executed well in the second half.”
Frankfort’s at Leland Friday while Benzie plays Suttons Bay.
“It’s a long grind,” Manville said. “Now we have to get back at it and make sure this game doesn’t affect our game Friday at Leland.”