CRESSON, PA – Ryan Frantz hit a school-record 9 three-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points in a huge conference win for La Roche on Wednesday night. The Redhawks (12-8, 10-3) beat Mt. Aloysius (13-7, 9-4) 94-78 to sweep the season series.
La Roche took control of the game midway through the first half with a 10-0 run. Tough team defense by the Redhawks sparked the run and a three-point play by Lionel Perkins and a deep three-pointer from David Jackson highlighted it.
Frantz and the Redhawk offense continued to click in the second half. La Roche shot 58% from the field and made 6 of 12 threes in the final frame.
Frantz led all scorers with 31 points and he went 11 for 20 from the field. His 9 three-pointers broke his own record of 8 which he set last season against Penn State Altoona.
"I knew coming into this game I had to play well and play smart offensively. The coaches always say let the game come to you and I'm really starting to do that well. I have a lot of trust in my coaches and teammates to make me better and I was feeling it today. I want to thank my teammates for making my performance happen because they open me up every game".
Jackson chipped in 9 points and finished with 12 rebounds to move into second place on La Roche's all-time rebounding list. Andre Flanigan contributed 11 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals and Daron Tabron added 4 assists. Perkins scored 16 points in the win.
The Redhawks had their best shooting night of the season hitting 51% (32 of 63) of their shots from the field, 52% (14 of 27) from behind the arc, and 94% (16 of 17) from the free throw line. La Roche's 94 points in the most they have scored this season and the most Mt. Aloysius has allowed in a non-overtime game.
Coach Bott attributed the win to a total team effort. "We have 15 guys really starting to commit to each other. They're making their teammates tougher and playing unselfish. As a result we've started to get on a little roll. This stretch run is bringing out the best of that locker room because they've responded to what we've been building all season."
La Roche men's basketball will travel to Pitt-Bradford on Saturday for a 3:00PM tip-off. The Panthers currently sit one game out of a playoff spot but are coming off a 65-53 win over D'Youville.