Conner Frankamp often creates the illusion that he's reached a higher level of energy in the fourth quarter or basketball games. Frankamp is playing at a different level, but he's only maintaining his energy as that of his opponents dwindles.
Frankamp got a little more time to prove his endurance on Friday. After scoring 10 points in the fourth, including two free throws to tie the score with 6.4 seconds to go, Frankamp added nine in overtime, leading the Redskins to a 61-56 win over South at Koch Arena.
Frankamp totaled 47 points, missing his career high by five and delivering his second 40-point game of the week. His 89-point week vaulted the junior into 19th place on the City League's career scoring list with 1,090 points.
"I try to keep it going every quarter," Frankamp said. "In the fourth quarter, if I'm knocking my shot down, it gets my confidence up. Just knocking one shot down and knocking a few free throws down gets me going a little bit."
South led 52-50 in the final seconds when North in-bounded with a chance to tie or win. Frankamp was smothered by multiple defenders when an intentional foul was called, sending him to the line with 6.4 seconds to go.
"We were up two, so what is that?" South coach Demarcco Owens said. "We're up two, so you call an intentional? The thing is, we had three fouls (to give), so I told the refs that I was trying to foul him. We were going for the ball, and he calls an intentional."
Frankamp made both free throws, then made a three-pointer early in overtime to give the Redskins the lead for good. He shook defenders to get the ball late with South forced to foul, and he made all six of his free throws in overtime.
Those were added to the four straight he made in the fourth quarter and two at the end of the third. Frankamp was 19 of 21 from the line overall.
"He turns it on," Owens said. "He recognizes that everything is on his shoulders and he carries them like a great ballplayer would."
Frankamp and North started slow, with South leading 20-8 late in the first and carrying an eight-point lead deep into the second quarter.
With his outside shot not falling initially, Frankamp began driving, converting layups by getting past guards or drawing fouls from big men forced to help. He made 11 of 29 shots and was best in the third quarter, when he scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting.
"He's got to look to shoot," Squires said. "But I know he's getting frustrated that some of his floaters weren't going in for him. Some of the shots he usually knocks down, tonight he didn't."
South's Diallo Wesley was exceeding Frankamp early, scoring 10 points in the first quarter. He made important shots late, too, and finished with 27 points.
North led for about three minutes during regulation but found a different level in overtime. Rather, the Redskins, especially Frankamp, stayed on their level while wearing down the Titans.
"He's got good endurance," Squires said. "We were trying to give him a breather, but we never got a lead on these guys so we couldn't get him a breather."
South (1-6, 0-6) 20 7 16 9 4 — 56 North (4-3, 4-3) 12 14 15 11 9 — 61
SOUTH: Lovell 1 0-0 3, Wesley 8 7-9 27, Martin 1 1-3 3, Davis 2 0-0 4, A. Keiswetter 5 2-5 12, Parker 1 0-0 2, Moore 2 1-2 5. Totals 20 (5) 11-19 56.
NORTH: Beard 1 0-0 2, Henderson 1 0-1 3, Kinder 0 1-2 1, Shockley 3 0-0 6, Bernard 0 2-4 2, Frankamp 11 19-21 47. Totals 16 (7) 22-28 61.