Ksobiech's clutch free throws lift Franklin boys over Oak Creek
A late technical foul did Knights in
It was almost déjà vu for Franklin junior Colin Ksobiech. The guard capped off an impressive fourth quarter draining four straight free throws in the final 23.3 seconds as the Sabers edged Oak Creek 40-38 Friday night at Oak Creek.
His first pair of free throws when the clock struck 19 seconds left is all anyone could talk about, though.
Trailing by just one at 36-35, Oak Creek (9-8 overall, 5-4 Southeast Conference) had the ball and called timeout to draw up the game's potential final shot. When the whistle blew and a few seconds ticked away, it was clear Oak Creek had six players on the court.
A technical infraction
The Knights lost possession and as a result of the infraction, Franklin was awarded two free throws and possession. Ksobiech drilled both technical free throws.
Ksobiech was called upon to shoot the technical free throws for the same thing against Burlington just one week earlier. Franklin went on to lose that game, however.
"This is actually the second time in three games that this has happened to us," said Franklin coach Tim Hogan. "This time it came at a much more critical time obviously, but it goes to show how we have grown this season. These were the type of games we lost earlier in the season."
Still, Franklin (8-9, 4-5) was holding on to a one-possession lead at 38-35 trying to inbound the ball with under 19 seconds remaining. Again, the Sabers looked to get the ball in the hands of their best free-throw shooter.
Ksobiech sprung free, was fouled and proceeded to convert the charity tosses.
"The same thing happened against Burlington and I made both of the free throws so I had a lot of confidence there at the end," said Ksobiech, who finished with a game-high 16 points.
A struggle, offensively
Oak Creek struggled to find its offense early, shooting just two for 16 from 3-point land in the first half. Still, the Knights were never out of it.
"They never quit, they just keep making you work and work," said Hogan.
After scoring just 19 points through three quarters of action, the Knights got it going late led by senior Cordarius Johnson. The speedy guard drove inside for a basket and followed it up with a deep 3-pointer to pull Oak Creek to within 36-35.
The Knights got within one possession of tying or taking the lead on four different occasions in the final 3:01 of regulation.
"We talk so much about communication on all levels," said Oak Creek coach Mike Jossie. "It is not just players but coaches too. I take full responsibility for the lack of communication there at the end. It hurts, it was a heart breaking loss but we are going to move on. We have done some great things this season and will continue to get better."
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