Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - POCA 62, WINFIELD 47 ; Dots Honor Osborne, Gun Down Generals

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - POCA 62, WINFIELD 47 ; Dots Honor Osborne, Gun Down Generals

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POCA - As if playing Putnam County rival Winfield wasn't enough incentive Friday night, Poca pulled extra emotion from a pregame ceremony honoring its former longtime coach. Moments after the playing floor was dedicated as Allen Osborne Court, the Dots shot down the Generals 62-47, using a 17-0 run between the second and third quarters to take control.

Senior wing Luke Frampton delivered another memorable effort for Poca with 24 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two dunks.

Frampton said the ceremony honoring Osborne - who led the program to 627 wins and two Class AA titles in 38 seasons before stepping down in the offseason - provided Poca's players with a little more pep.

"That really helped," Frampton said. "Coach Osborne was a great coach - 600-plus wins since he's been here - and when they gave him that court, it really meant a lot to him and it meant a lot to all of us.

"He's a great guy and he really made me the player I am today. If it wasn't for him, I don't know where I'd be at. Him and my dad were the two that really pushed me. So I think it got us fired up and got us going before the game."

The score was tied at 22 late in the second quarter before the Dots got 3-pointers to end the half from J.P. Phillips and Bronson Skeens. Then they racked up the first 11 points of the third period to make it 39-22. Frampton hit his only 3 in that run and capped the surge with a steal and dunk.

When Winfield (4-4), which had won three straight, tried to press Poca, Frampton was the one locating the open teammate and delivering the ball for easy layups.

"Luke Frampton is a one-man press break," said Generals coach Bryan England. "He passes the ball so well - he's 6-4 and can see over everything. He just gets the ball where it needs to go and their other guys feed off that. They found their shooters and really made a run shooting the ball well. We've just got to make adjustments."

Mitch Hoffman (11 points, six rebounds) and Michael McKneely (11 points, 3 of 4 on 3-pointers) also hit double figures for the inspired Dots (4-2). …

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