Derek Beers ranked first among scorers Friday, but he’s still No. 3 at home.
Sophomore guard Beers scored a varsity-high 39 points to lead the Franklin boys basketball team to a 62-48 victory over visiting Richfield Springs. His point total fell six points shy of the single-game program record set by 1983 Franklin graduate Chris Schneider.
“He’s still one point behind me, too,” said Beers’ father and Franklin coach Darryl Beers, a 1986 graduate. “I made sure he knew that.”
Still, neither of the males hold bragging rights in the Beers household. That’s because senior guard Jordan Beers, who became the all-time scoring leader in The Daily Star’s circulation area Friday night, sits atop the family tree with a girls basketball program record of 45 points.
“He still has a couple more years to break that, though,” Darryl Beers said of Derek, who scored 13 points in the first quarter and 13 more in the fourth Friday. “It was tied going into the fourth quarter, but he was feeling it. They had no answer for him.”
Beers also had 11 rebounds and six steals for the Purple Devils (4-6, 3-5), who outscored the Indians, 24-10, in the final period.
Roman Hula’s 12 points paced Richfield Springs, which received 11 from Tommy Worobey and 10 apiece from Bryan Hill and Kyler Mower.
Franklin visits Edmeston on Tuesday.
G-MU 40, Schenevus 39
Nathaniel O’Hara scored a game-high 15 points to lead Gilbertsville-Mount Upton to its first victory of the season as the Raiders won at home in the Tri-Valley League.
“We limited our turnovers in the second half,” said first-year G-MU coach Matt Johnson, whose team trailed, 19-14, at the break. “It was an exciting game right down to the end.”
Christopher Cole contributed 11 points for G-MU (1-11, 1-8), which rebounded a missed free throw on the back end of a 1-and-1 opportunity with three seconds left to secure the victory.