New Franklin’s Multiple Rallies Not Enough to Overpower Eugene

The fifth ranked New Franklin Bulldogs lost to Eugene 70-64 in overtime in a Class 2 sectional contest at Helias in Jefferson City. The Bulldogs never held a tie or lead at any point in regulation. The Bulldogs trailed by two to the Eagles in the final few seconds.

Scott Lunte with the call on 99.9 The Captain and Perkins made both free throws to force overtime. The Bulldogs largest deficit was eight in the third quarter. Going into halftime, New Franklin was looking at a deficit of four, but Perkins had some magic in him on in bound with .4 seconds.

The senior would finish with a team high 21 points. The Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit multiple times to one, but could never get the go-ahead bucket until overtime. Eugene drained seven key triples in the game, including one in overtime to put them on top for good. Bulldogs coach Ross Dobson…

After a slow start offensively, Dobson revealed what changed for Perkins in the final three quarters.

CAC MVP Gavin Bishop finished with 18 points in his final game. The Bulldogs finish their season 24-2.

Eugene was paced by senior all-state point guard Tre Kempker’s 26 points. The Eagles improve to 20-6 and face Milan in Saturday’s Class 2 Quarterfinal at MACC.

You can hear Dobson’s full postgame interview below:

New Franklin coach Ross Dobson: