Balanced scoring attack highlights Franklin battle

Balanced scoring attack highlights Franklin battle

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – The junior – sophomore guard tandem of Brady Dolezal (Tipton, Ind.) and Blake Brouwer (Elkhart, Ind.) kept their recent run of scoring success going in Manchester University's home clash against Franklin College Wednesday, Jan. 7.

Dolezal, registering double figures for the 21st time in the last 23 games, tallied a personal single-game season high 27 points on nine-of-15 shooting from the field, a two-of-four effort from outside the arc, and a perfect seven-of-seven evening at the charity stripe. Brouwer, moving into the 20-point-plus range for the second time this year, tallied 21 points due to hitting seven-of-nine overall shots, which included a pair of treys, and hit five-of-six free throw attempts. The duo didn't stop in the scoring section of the final statistics, as they combined to corral 12 of the Black and Gold's 27 rebounds, and Dolezal dished out four assists and picked off a team-high three steals.

MU, dipping to 2-10 overall and 1-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, kept themselves within striking distance throughout against a red-hot Grizzlies' crew that drained 17 three-pointers over the 40 minutes. A 7-0 run by FC (3-9 overall, 2-3 HCAC) extended their advantage to 42-31 at the break, and they pushed the margin out to as much as 15 in the second frame. However, the home crowd was brought to its feet with a strong last 10 minutes from the Spartans in which they closed to as little as five. Franklin staved off the charge en route to a 91-82 victory.

Junior forward Matt Brown (Hobart, Ind.) joined Brouwer and Dolezal in double digits, compiling 15 points to go with seven assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Chase Casteel (Monrovia, Ind.) also ended in the double-figure section with 10 points off the bench.

The Spartans look to stem a current five-game skid Saturday, Jan. 10. They visit Transylvania University of Kentucky for a 5 p.m. tip-off.

NOTES: MU's 54.7 percent field goal effort was their best since hitting at a robust 55.6 percent clip in a win at Earlham College Dec. 6 … Their nine three-pointers marked the eighth time this season they've hit eight-or-more in a game … Grizzlies' guard Trae Washington, the reigning HCAC Player of the Week, tallied 30 points to lead all scorers. He's averaging 29.5 over his last two contests.