Conner Frankamp, a sophomore basketball player at North, is such a standout scorer that sometimes opposing coaches are hesitant to offer praise to their own players who slow him down — relatively speaking, of course.
Frankamp scored 36 for the Redskins against Bishop Carroll on Friday. But Carroll won 62-56 as Frankamp scored just 10 in the second half, when he was being guarded by Eagles post player Brian Rohleder.
Frankamp missed his final seven shots after starting 11 of 16. His final point total made it difficult for Carroll coach Lonnie Lollar to compliment the defensive effort against him. So difficult, in fact, that when asked who was the best option against Frankamp, Lollar immediately blurted out, "Nobody."
But Rohleder earned some credit for keeping Frankamp from winning it singlehandedly.
"Brian Rohleder did a nice job on him; he didn't shut him down," Lollar said. "Ten (second-half) points on a guy who's averaging, what, 28? ... I'm not saying it was great defense, but at least there was a hand in his face."
Rohleder, who doesn't match Frankamp in speed, played physical against Frankamp, rarely giving him a step to penetrate and playing Frankamp tight when he didn't have the ball.
During one series, after Rohleder knocked the ball away from Frankamp, Frankamp made a baseline shot against Rohleder and words were exchanged after both plays.
Frankamp may have been fatigued from working hard to get the ball. He didn't score after making a three-pointer with 4:29 to go that put the Redskins ahead 53-52.
"You've just got to make him uncomfortable, try not to let him get the ball," Rohleder said. "If he gets the ball, you've got to be in his face the entire time and not letting him get comfortable. That's where team defense comes in."
The rest of North's lineup couldn't heat up when Frankamp slowed down. The Redskins didn't score for the first three minutes of the fourth, and after five points in 30 seconds, they didn't score again for nearly four minutes.
Carroll was balanced and important plays were delivered by multiple sources. Rohleder scored the first basket of an 8-0 run that put the Eagles ahead 60-53 with under a minute to go, even though his mind wasn't on offensive production.
"Coach told me, 'Brian, I don't even want you thinking about offense. I want you focusing on defense and the offense will take care of itself,' " Rohleder said. "I definitely was coming in thinking, 'Stop Connor.' "
Tanner Palmore scored on an inbounds play and Jordan Bieberle helped seal it at the free throw line and everywhere else — scoring 23 points, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds and making four free throws down the stretch.
"They've got more guys that can score than we had tonight," North coach Gary Squires said. "Some guys who did a good job scoring (in North's win Saturday) against Northwest just didn't get it done tonight."
North (6-10, 4-8) 14 21 13 9 — 57 Carroll (9-7, 6-6) 12 22 13 16 — 63
NORTH: Beard 4 2-3 11, Henderson 1 0-0 2, Frankamp 11 9-10 36, Kemp 2 4-6 8, Williams 0 0-2 0, Kinder 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Bernard 0 0-0 0, Bridges 0 0-2 0, Shockley 0 0-0 0, Hinojos 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 (6) 15-23 57.
CARROLL: Darland 0 1-2 1, Palmore 5 4-5 16, Bieberle 7 6-7 23, Sueper 0 1-2 1, Dreiling 2 7-9 11, Rohleder 5 1-6 11, Newell 0 0-0 0, Sauber 0 0-0 0, Haffner 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 (5) 20-31 63.