Ask any coach, no matter what the sport, and the answer is always the same: It’s a challenge to beat the same opponent three times in one season.
On the road against Defiance College, the Franklin College men’s basketball team battled until the final buzzer, but the Yellow Jackets had enough to get by the Grizzlies, 85-66, in the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night.
The Grizzlies got off to a roaring start and took a double-digit lead at 20-10 on some heady inside play by senior Gunner Erwin and the outside shooting of Bailey Howard and Terry Sargent.
But what enabled Defiance to get back quickly were Franklin personal fouls. The Yellow Jackets got into the 1-and-1 at the 10:36 mark.
Little by little, the Grizzlies’ lead had shrunk to 3-points.