Before an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday night, the Franklin County's varsity basketball team showed why they haven’t lost yet this season, and don’t plan to.
The Seahawks showed why they’re 5-0 on the season, and 2-0 in Class 1A District 4, by downing North Bay Haven 76-59, a more emphatic showing than the season opener, when they managed a 62-56 win.
The win capped a good week of play, with a 59-37 win at Liberty County Dec. 4, and an 83-47 victory over Altha Friday night.
The Seahawks opened up a 17-13 lead after the first quarter, and a 46-32 at the half, but were outscored in the third quarter 17-16 before going on to the 17-point win.
Sophomore guard Lamarious Martin drained 19 points against North Bay Haven, going 8 of 13 from the field, while stealing the ball eight times and handing off nine assists.
“He’s done a better job for us, he’s working hard in practice,” said coach Nathan West. "He’s a competitor. One thing you don’t ever have to worry about him, he’s always going to play hard and he’s going to compete. That’s why he stays on the floor so long.”
Senior guard Simon Brathwaite led the team Tuesday night with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Eden Brathwaite added 10 points and junior Grady Escobar eight rebounds.
West has a depth in his ranks that has not often be seen with Seahawk’ hoop squads and he’s working to make the most of it. “We’re balanced, that makes us even tougher to guard,” he said.
“We have some guys who can run the floor, we got a little depth on the bench, we can get out and run, score some transition baskets,” he said. “I think it wears teams down.”
Against Altha Friday, Simon Brathwaite, who’s averaging better than 22 points a game and nine rebounds, drained a season-high 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win. Martin (12 points, 12 assists and seven steals) and Eden Brathwaite (eight points, five steals) helped key offensive production.
The one weakness West is working to address is rebounding, and not letting up when you’re ahead.
“We got to do a better job to finish games. We got to learn how to get good shots,” he said. “That’s just learning, learning how to play
“We have to do a better job at half-court defense, all five guys have to buy in,” West said after Tuesday’s win. “Tonight we gave up too many defensive rebounds.”
The team plays at Bozeman Friday and are home against Bay Monday.