LOGANSPORT — Logansport boys basketball coach Pat Skaggs dialed up a 2-3 zone Friday night in an effort to contain Frankfort’s size and strength.
The decision paid dividends as the Hot Dogs endured a cold shooting night in a 57-49 loss at the Berry Bowl.
“When you shoot like we shot tonight which wasn’t very good, you’re going to struggle,” Frankfort coach Tom Weeks said. “Our defensive effort wasn’t there early, it was at times. We showed what we’re capable of at times. It just wasn’t our night as far as shooting goes.”
The Berries (5-0) had played mostly man defense through their first four games but their zone was effective.
“I thought we’d really have a hard time trying to play them man-to-man for 32 minutes, so we decided to start with the 2-3 and it was positive for us early,” Skaggs said. “That was a really nice team win for us. We just beat a solid, experienced ballclub there.”
The Berries led most of the way but it was close throughout. They built a 25-17 lead — their biggest until the final minute of the game — before the Hot Dogs (4-2) closed out the final two minutes of the first half with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 25-24.
The Berries continued to hold a slim lead through the second half, and they led 45-43 when Weeks was called for a technical foul when the Hot Dogs had the ball with 3:03 left in the game.
Carter Skaggs hit both technical free throws and Andrew Wamsley then connected on two more freebies on the possession to give Logan a 49-43 lead with 2:34 remaining.
“It’s just a situation where you’re just fighting for your kids, that’s all it is,” Weeks said. “You’re just trying to do right by your kids.”
Isaac Rudd connected on his third 3-pointer of the game to cut it back to a three-point game, but A.J. Smith hit two free throws in the one-and-bonus with 2:07 left to give Logan a 51-46 lead.
Brody Kirby scored on a drive and Rudd hit 1 of 2 free throws to cut the lead to 51-49 with 57.4 seconds left. Smith again hit two free throws in the one-and-bonus to push the lead back to 5, and Rudd misfired from 3 on Frankfort’s next possession. Carter Skaggs and Wamsley then hit four straight free throws to close the game out sandwiched around an illegal screen call on the Hot Dogs.
Logan shot 22 of 32 from the foul line for the game, including 18 of 22 in the fourth quarter. Frankfort shot 8 of 17 from the line for the contest.
Christian Smith led the Hot Dogs with 18 points. Rudd had 13 and Kirby added 10.
Carter Skaggs led Logan with 22 points. Wamsley had 18 and Smith added eight. Jalen Adaway added five blocked shots.
Both teams had just eight turnovers. Frankfort shot 17 of 56 from the field (30.4 percent) while Logan shot 16 of 41 (39.0 percent) to go with the edge in free throws.
“We had the possessions,” Weeks said. “Some nights it goes in, some nights it doesn’t. Our kids fought and didn’t quit, and I was proud of them.”