By Marty Simpkins
FRANKLINTON — Franklinton’s boys basketball team opened the new year with a dominating 71-42 win at North Carolina School of Science & Math (NCSSM) Jan. 3.
The Red Rams jumped ahead early and used the lead to run away with the victory. Franklinton outscored NCSSM 20-4 in the first quarter and 17-8 in the second to go up 37-12 at halftime.
The Unicorns turned around and outscored the Red Rams 17-12 in the third quarter, but then Franklinton cranked up the offense in the final period by dropping 22 points to take the victory.
For the sixth time this season, Franklinton had at least four players score in double digits. Delton Davis lead the way for the Red Rams with 19 points, which is tied for his best of the season. The junior also had two rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Both Jerrail Brodie and Smith Gupton had 14 points each. Brodie grabbed three rebounds and also recorded three assists and three steals. Gupton had two assists.
Semaj McCowan scored 13 points, but also led the Red Rams with seven assists and seven steals. The senior also came down with four rebounds.
With the win over NCSSM, Franklinton improves to 9-2 and 3-0 in conference play. They are also undefeated against teams not named Wakefield this season.
The Red Rams have scored at least 70 points in eight games this season. They accomplished that feat only seven times last year.
Franklinton will play Roanoke Rapids at home Friday at 7:30 p.m.