Mark "Frog" Carfagno is yet another of our trusty statisticians/observers. He's fun to be around and very thorough. He's also loyal to the schools in South and Southwest Philly, but if you're from someplace else and can play, he'll admit it.
Bartram 77, Frankford 55
The Braves held a 29-16 lead at the half, despite the fact that their star
Center Jason Cain, sat out most of the second quarter with three fouls.
Guards Charles Jones and Bryant Leach picked up the slack, contributing 7 and
8 points respectively in the first half. Held scoreless in the opening half,
Cain came back strong in the second, shooting 5 for 7 from the field and
finishing with 11 points. He also pulled down 8 rebounds and dished out 5
assists. Frankford had a big third quarter, outscoring Bartram 29-22. Center
Darryl White led the charge, scoring 10 points, while shooting 4 for 4 from
the floor in the quarter. The quarter ended with the Pioneers still trailing
51-45. The lead was still six (56-50) with just under five minutes to play
when the Braves put the game away. A dunk by Forward Khalil Abdus-Salaam (16 pts),
a jumper by Bryant Leach (18 pts) and a thunderous slam by Jason Cain quickly
increased the margin to 12, ending any hopes of a Frankford comeback. The
Pioneers were led by Darryl White's 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Guard Maurice Miller scored 14 points, along with 4 assists and 2 steals.
Abdus-Salaam grabbed 10 boards for Bartram and had 4 assists, 3 steals and 3
blocks. I've watched Bartram play 5 or 6 times over the last two seasons and
every time Cain seems to be in foul trouble early in the game. It appears to
me that Bartram Coach Lou Biester sits out Cain too long, allowing the
opposition to remain close. Or, is he just toying with them, knowing when the
Big Man comes back he will take control of the game? I hope for the Braves'
sake that sitting him too much doesn't hurt them in the future.