SHORT GAP, W.Va. — Frankfort needed all four quarters on Friday night to dispatch a feisty Allegany squad that wouldn’t back down and refused to allow the Falcons to run away with the game.
After trailing at halftime by one point, Frankfort gathered itself in the second half and used a third-quarter surge for a 64-51 win over the visiting Campers.
The storyline with Frankfort is normally the play of the senior tandem of Jansen Knotts and David Blanco. However, a different senior tandem stole the show and helped the Falcons take over the game after halftime.
“I feel like any one of our guys can put up 20 any night of the week,” said Falcon coach Scott Slider. “JJ (Blank) has had some big games for us in the past and Isaiah (Knotts) was feeling it tonight and that’s good.”
Blank and Knotts, two of six seniors on the Falcon roster, combined for 27 points, four 3-pointers, seven assists and four steals. Blank led Frankfort with 15 points and three steals, while Knotts scored 12 points, knocked down three 3-pointers and handed out five assists.
Frankfort trailed 24-23 at the half and Blank and Knotts led the second half charge by combining for 24 of Frankfort’s 41 points over the final two quarters. Knotts hit a 3-pointer with 3:44 showing in the third frame as the Falcon lead ballooned to 12, 39-27. Blank later converted a traditional three-point play to increase the lead by 15, 42-27.
The Campers still didn’t back down despite the 15-point deficit and they were able to cut it to single digits for much of the fourth quarter. Wes Athey hit a layup to open the fourth that pulled Alco to with seven, 46-39 and Grant Cain later hit a layup to pull them to within eight, 57-49.
Solomon Green pulled Alco to within eight for the final time with 2:43 left in the fourth with a driving layup as the scoreboard read 59-51.
“We’ve been working some different defensive stuff and we’ve been adding it in and working through it so we are giving different looks,” said Slider. “We are finding that we’ve been having success with it and we are gearing up for the playoffs and postseason.”
Over the first two quarters, the lead changed hands five times and the score was tied five times. Alco emerged with the halftime lead when Brennan White hit two fouls shots with 26 seconds left.
Alco limited Frankfort to only nine first-half baskets, while the Campers scored 11 of their points at the foul line.
“We wanted to do two things, slow down their big man (David Blanco) and contain Jansen Knotts,” said Alco head coach Jon Irons. “Our big guys did a good job of challenging their shots. That was something we were focused on and we did a good job of that.
“We were in a position there in the second half with their foul trouble, but they made shots down the stretch and we didn’t,” he said.
Caiden Chorpenning led the Campers in scoring with 12 points and in rebounding with 10 boards. Cain added 13 points and White 11.
“He (Chorpenning) has been developing all year,” said Irons. "He shows up everyday, works hard and is very serious about basketball. I thought he played his heart out tonight. He’s a freshman and he didn’t let anyone push him around and got after the basketball.”
Allegany (3-13) visits Hampshire on Tuesday and the Falcons (13-3) entertain Moorefield the same evening.