Frankston’s Gunnar Murphy had eight rebounds and a couple of points in the first half before exploding in the second half in the Indians’ 46-37 victory against Hawkins on Tuesday night.
Murphy, who finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds, set the tone for the Indians in their upset victory against Hawkins who had previously been 7-0 in district play.
Frankston, now 5-3 in district play, started off the game strong against the Hawks.
The Indians used a 2-3 zone defense to try to stop the penetration of the Hawks, and it worked as they held the Hawks to four points in the first quarter.
Once everyone got settled down on both teams, the second quarter is where the game was decided.
Frankston outscored Hawkins 15-5 in the second quarter and held a 23-9 lead going into the locker room for halftime.
Frankston coach Robert Loper said after the game that he was proud of the way his team was able to come out strong in the first half and be able to finish the game. “This was a big game for us,” Loper said.
“They were 7-0 and undefeated in district and we were 4-3. We’ve just been kind of mediocre. We lost some close ball games, by three to Troupe and two to Sabine. We just need to step it up and play hard, and we did that tonight. It was a real big win for us.”
Murphy’s presence was felt in the second half as he scored most of his points and had 10 of his 18 rebounds in the second half.
Loper said he enjoyed the way the freshman has started out and said he is a great asset to have on the team.
“Gunnar Murphy does a great job,” Loper said. “For a freshman, he’s got a big strong body and he knows how to use it. He can score and get the rebounds. He’s been a pleasant surprise for us as a freshman this year.”