BGA heads to Knoxville with district title in the pocket
The smoke on the northern border of Franklin Saturday night fortunately did not require the services of the Franklin Fire Department, but it was a true barn burner none the less.
Battle Ground Academy, hosting the Division II-A District 2 championships on its own home court, matched every blistering move Franklin Road Academy threw out as the Wildcats took the title with an 81-75 victory.
“We knew it was going to be a tough challenge and it definitely was,” said BGA coach Len McKnatt after the physically and emotionally draining contest. “Hats off to FRA, a great team and very well coached. I’m definitely proud of our kids.”
For all of the speed of the game, it was decided by long range sharp shooters. Nathan Moran scored 23 on the night, 15 of those on three pointers ranging from 24 to 35 feet. The quick senior guard never hesitated to pull the trigger when he was open.
“No, Nathan doesn’t have a conscience,” chuckled McKnatt. “That’s what makes him so good.”
Moran was not alone, though, as eleven different Wildcats contributed to the victory.
Zac Wracher finished with 16 points, nailing four three-pointers himself while snatching five rebounds and controlling the lane for most of the night. Terrell Webster added 14 points and Daniel Brown hit for ten while dishing out eight assists. Taylor Miles had one of his best all around games of the month, scoring just three points, but adding eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot to his total.
BGA never trailed in the game, leading 39-33 at the half-time break. FRA closed the margin to as few a three four times in the second half, but the Wildcats always managed to have someone step up with a shot or defensive stop.
Both teams kept up a torrid pace throughout the game. The pair combined to score 59 points in the fourth quarter alone.
BGA heads to the Division II-A regional tournament in Knoxville this weekend, after earning a first round bye with the win. The Wildcats will play the winner of tonight’s University School at Donelson Christrian play-in game on Friday at 7 p.m. CST. A win in that game would propel BGA into the regional championship game on Saturday night, most probably against Knoxville Webb but possibly into a rematch with FRA.
The top two teams from the regional event will advance to the state championships the following week at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville.
Posted on: 2/10/2014