LAFAYETTE – The clock ran out on a Frankfort comeback bid Monday night in the first round of the J&C Hoops Classic, as the Hot Dogs fell 71-66 to the host Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos.
Down by 18 points halfway through the fourth quarter, at 70-52, Jordan Campbell scored for the Hot Dogs to start what would finish as an 11-point run. A technical foul committed by the Bronchos allowed Campbell to pull Frankfort within five points with a couple of shot from the line. Unfortunately for the Hot Dogs, they came up empty on the ensuing possession and the final seconds slipped away.
Frankfort outscored Lafayette Jeff, 14-1, through the final three minutes and 57 seconds as the Bronchos helped make things interesting by going 1-8 from the line down the stretch.
“That is one thing I have taught the guys since I started,” Frankfort head coach Jared Catron said. “Whether your shot is going down or we are down by 20, you continue to fight. We saw that tonight against a good 4A team. That is going to pay off come the end of the season.”
The Hot Dogs led 4-2 two minutes into the game, but a blistering shooting performance from beyond the arc allowed the Bronchos to lead 24-21 at the end of the opening period.
Lafayette Jeff hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter, five of them coming off the hand of junior guard David Hanyard.
“We knew coming into this we were going to be in a battle on the perimeter as far as getting them shooting 3s, and they did,” Smith said. “They knocked down some big ones. That wasn’t the game plan. We were going to contest a little bit higher but, as you could tell, (Hanyard’s) range is about five feet past the 3-point line. That opened up some other holes for them and they were able to attack. That wasn’t exactly the way the game plan was supposed to go, but we changed it up in the fourth with a little 1-3-1. We were able to get some quick turnovers and come back on the offensive end and compete there.”
Frankfort tied the game at 27 a minute into the second quarter, but the Bronchos answered with a nine-point run and pushed their lead to 44-33 by the half. The Hot Dogs were not able to threaten again until their late run.
The Hot Dogs went 19-30 from the foul line compared to 10-19 for the Bronchos.
“We started getting a little bit of rhythm on the offensive side, and we knew we could take it at them and get them into a bit of foul trouble,” Catron said.
Frankfort’s Jarrod Smith and the Bronchos’ Hanyard tied for the game-high in points with 29. Smith scored 11 of his from the foul line, while Hanyard finished with seven 3-pointers.
Carter Taylor had a double-double for the Hot Dogs, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Campbell added 11 points.
With the loss, the Hot Dogs (1-1) advance to Thursday’s 6 p.m. game against the Benton Central Bisons.
“They are always pulling up guys with talent,” Catron said. “We have to keep an open mind. They fight all the time and they are a team that is never going to give up. We have to study some file and look see where to attack and how to play some defense.”