TRAVERSE CITY — Frankfort's Brandon Schaub had pneumonia on Monday.
The only thing sick about the Panthers guard on Wednesday was his game.
After playing sparingly and being largely ineffective in the regional semifinal, Schaub gave Frankfort a much-needed shot in the arm and scored 17 points in a 55-42 regional final victory over previously-undefeated Bellaire. The win brought Frankfort its first regional championship since 1975.
"This is huge for everybody," said David Loney, who scored a game-high 27 points. "For us. For the community. For the whole school. This is a great accomplishment because we're really young. It means a lot to our team. It feels great to bring this trophy back to Frankfort."
After knocking off fifth-ranked Bellaire (23-1), Frankfort plays No. 1 Wyoming Tri-unity Christian in Tuesday's quarterfinal at Comstock Park. Tri-unity is 23-2 and hasn't lost since Jan. 15, but had a tough time beating 14-12 Muskegon Catholic Central 56-53 in overtime to advance to the quarterfinal.
Wednesday's victory puts an end to Frankfort's regional title drought that stretched nearly 40 years.
"It's going to stay with me until at least tomorrow," Panthers coach Reggie Manville said, clutching the trophy.
Schaub wasn't sure he'd play, let alone receive a regional medal. On Monday, he scored only two points — 13 below his average.
"My fever broke (Tuesday)," Schaub said. "I've been on some antibiotics. So I'm feeling a whole lot better."
"Tuesday, I didn't think he was going to play," Manville said. "But he's a very aggressive ball player — and he's got quickness. He can mismatch that quickness against guys that are bigger than he is. And he knows how to take advantage of it. He really took it to the basket hard and did a great job."
Aside from one 3-pointer, all of Schaub's points resulted from aggressive drives to the basket.