Frankfort knew its chances at winning the J&C Hoops Classic were gone after Tuesday’s loss to McCutcheon.
With a chance to bounce back against Benton Central, the Hot Dogs came out sluggish before its talent prevailed in a 68-37 victory.
“We were definitely more ready to play on Tuesday night,” senior Christian Smith said. “I feel the best two teams did play in the first round of the J&C, but that’s that and we have to move on from that. We have to move on to this game and we didn’t come out like we should have.”
The Hot Dogs broke the J&C Hoops Classic single-game rebounding record with 53, getting six each from Jarrod Smith, Isaac Rudd, Chris Seibert and Trevor Webster.
“It’s a focus we put into every practice and put into every game that for us, rebounding is the most important,” Frankfort coach Tom Weeks said.
Knowing Frankfort was coming off a demoralizing loss, the Bison tried to take advantage early.
But BC made just 5 of 27 shots in the first half, while the Hot Dogs were successful on 9 of 14 in a second period where they outscored the Bison 21-7 and took a 29-11 halftime lead.
“We had a lot of missed opportunities where we could have taken advantage of their mistakes,” BC coach Kyle Marlatt said. “I thought they took us a little bit light at the beginning. They didn’t know we have a lot of athletic ability, that we have a lot of talent. I feel they may have underestimated it, but by the time the second quarter came in, that’s when they turned up the pressure a little bit and started hitting their shots.”
Despite recovering from two broken ribs, Benton Central junior Jacob Turner scored a team-high 14 points and Tyler Souligne provided the Bison (2-2) with nine points and eight rebounds. Outside of those two, BC’s other three starters shot a combined 3 for 27.
Christian Smith’s 17 points carried a balanced Frankfort offense. Chase Isgrigg provided nine off the bench, Brody Kirby scored eight and the Hot Dogs got seven apiece from Rudd and Seibert.
Eleven different Hot Dogs (2-1) scored in a game where they led by as many as 31. Despite offensive struggles in the first quarter, Weeks said it was masked by outstanding defense.
Frankfort allowed just four first-quarter points and seven different players finished with a steal.
“When things weren’t going our way offensively, our defense never lagged, and I am very proud of that,” Weeks said.