The Franklin Road Academy boys, buoyed by two big runs to start the first and third quarters, rolled to a convincing 77-41 victory against two-time defending Division II-AA state champion Ensworth Friday night at FRA.
The Panthers (5-0) set the tone early, jumping out to a 8-0 lead in the first minute, but it was a 17-0 run to begin the third quarter that put the game away.
Senior Chance Bouldin and junior Rob Marberry each scored 13 points in the third quarter for FRA, which outscored Ensworth 30-7 in the period.
"We came out in the third quarter and made a few 3's," FRA coach John Pierce said. "Any time we shoot well from the perimeter, we're going to be pretty tough to beat just because we've got a couple of good post players. Shooting comes and goes, but the third quarter was a good shooting quarter for us."
Bouldin led FRA with 22 points. FRA's two feature post players, Marberry and Kessler Bell, finished with 21 and 15 points, respectively.
Marberry picked up two fouls in the first two and a half minutes and sat for the remainder of the half. Bell picked up the slack inside, scoring 12 in the first half.
Ensworth's Andrew Fleming, who entered averaging 40 points a game, was held to 23 and had to work hard for the points he got.
The Tigers (2-2) played shorthanded Friday night, most notably without Mr. Football Corn Elder.
Ensworth 53, FRA 42: Justice Swett scored 20 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead Ensworth (1-1). Oklahoma signee Derica Wyatt led FRA (3-2) with 15 points. Kennesha Nichols added 14 for Ensworth.