Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - POCA 70, NITRO 52 ; DOTS OPEN WITH WIN OVER NITRO; Frampton Shows the Way with 31 Points, 14 Boards

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - POCA 70, NITRO 52 ; DOTS OPEN WITH WIN OVER NITRO; Frampton Shows the Way with 31 Points, 14 Boards

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Neither side really got everything it wanted - Poca made way too many turnovers and Nitro missed way too many 3-pointers - but fans got pretty much what they expected out of Luke Frampton. Poca's senior all-stater and Division I recruit cracked open the season with a 31-point, 14-rebound effort Friday evening as the Dots earned a 70-52 victory against their neighboring rival in front of a packed house at Nitro High School.

With his former coach (Allen Osborne) and his future coach (Davidson's Bob McKillop) watching from one corner of the court, Frampton hit 9 of 17 shots and also donated four blocked shots and three assists.

Frampton was 4 of 8 on 3-pointers, including a four-point play when fouled releasing a shot at the second-quarter buzzer to give his team a 38-22 halftime lead.

"He's special. He's really good," said Derek Ragle, Poca's first- year coach. "I think he's the best player in the state, but of course I'm biased. I'm his coach."

Poca needed the 6-foot-5 Frampton to stand out because it had some problems in other areas, most notably ball-handling. The Dots finished with an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers.

"We practiced all week against the press," Frampton said, "and coach prepared us well. But I think we've got to be strong with the ball. Some of our younger guys have got to step up and be a little stronger with the ball and grow up a little bit. It's different from middle school now - everybody's stronger and tougher, so we've just got to bulk up and be strong with the ball."

Ragle also pointed to the inexperience of his squad, but was pleased with some other aspects, including double-figure scoring from J.P. Phillips (13 points) and Bronson Skeens (12).

"We've got a lot of guys who have been around," Ragle said, "but it's the first time they're really playing at the varsity level, so I expect us to have the jitters a little bit, playing a rival game the first game. …

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