Boys Basketball - Franklin Regional vs Kiski Area
Kiski Area Boys Move to 4-0 with 60-48 Win at Franklin Regional
It's still early in the season, but the Kiski Area boys basketball team is on a roll. The Cavaliers are off to their best start in recent memory with 4 wins in 8 days, capped by a 60-48 win at Franklin Regional to open Class 5A Section 3 play on Friday, December 17, in Murrysville.
A closely competed first half had the Cavaliers, led by Isaiah Gonzalez and James Pearson, ahead of the Panthers by 6 points at intermission. Cam Rowell had the hot hand for the Panthers in the half.
The third quarter saw the Panthers shooting touch go cold, as they went deep into the quarter before scoring their only 2 points, while the Cavaliers extended their advantage to 15 points.
Franklin Regional got back on track in the final frame, but it was too little, too late to overcome the deficit. A foul-heavy final quarter had the Panthers shooting 15-of-18 from the foul line, while Kiski Area converted 13-of-15 free throw attempts. The teams put up a combined total of 53 points in the final quarter, as the Cavaliers took home the 60-48 win.
Isaiah Gonzalez led the scoring for Kiski Area with 19. Lebryn Smith added 11 and James Pearson 10 for the Cavaliers. Cam Rowell had 19 points and Caden Smith added 14 for the Panthers.
The Cavaliers (4-0, 1-0) have a quick turnaround as they'll play Southmoreland in a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the WCCA Showcase event at Hempfield. Franklin Regional (1-4, 0-1) will travel to Woodland Hills for a conference game on December 21.
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