FRANKLIN — Gilford survived a late run by Franklin to hold on to a 48-42 victory in the Division III opener for the Golden Eagles. Franklin evened things up 39-39 with two and a half minutes remaining, but Gilford responded on the next possession with a three from junior Patrick Scannell (3 points). Gilford did not give up a field goal from that point on.
Gilford started the evening a little slow, scoring only seven points in the first quarter. "We started out cold. We missed the first six three-point attempts," said Gilford coach Chip Veazey. "Franklin played well tonight." The Golden Tornadoes were led by point guard Kenny Torres, who had 19 points on the night. 14 of which came in the first half.
Gilford found its rhythm in the third quarter, feeding the ball to junior Josh Joyce (22 points) and Kyle Gaudet (8 points). "I felt as though we defended Joyce well until he started getting free in the second half," said Franklin coach Jim Cilley. "We lost the game on defense. This team responded well considering how young they are," Cilley continued. "Our two kids from last season only have four wins, and the JV kids from last season didn't win once." Dana Bean was the second leading scorer for Franklin with nine points.
Both teams will be in action on Tuesday night when Gilford hosts Inter-Lakes and Franklin heads to Laconia.