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Lions: Team rolls past Royals

Senior forward Bo Franklin electrified the UAFS home crowd with thunderous dunk just 13 seconds into the first half of Saturday’s nonconference game against Ecclesia College.

It was the first of many dunks and fast-break buckets for the No. 16 Lions, who routed the Royals 122-80 in the fourth annual Toy Toss Game at the Stubblefield Center.

An announced crowd of 2,404 fans showered the court with thousands of toys – 7,403 to be exact – in celebration of Franklin’s dunk. All of the toys collected went to the local Salvation Army, which will distribute the toys to needy families this Christmas season.

UAFS (7-1) led 52-40 at halftime and scorched the nets for 70 points in the second half on their way to the easy win. It was the third win in the series, which UAFS leads 3-0.

The Lions shot 61 percent from the field (51 for 83) – they were 10-for-27 shooting from 3-point range – and shot 71 percent from the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Kenny Martin led UAFS with 18 points, while Franklin and junior guard/forward Miha Glavas had 17 points apiece, freshman forward LJ Ross had 14 points and senior guard Jake Toupal had 13 points.

Senior guard Xavier McClish just missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and 10 assists. UAFS had 35 assists in all in the easy win.

Martin led the Lions with seven rebounds and helped them out-rebound the Royals by 18 rebounds (42-34).

Ecclesia (3-9) shot 50 percent from the field (30 for 60) – it was 9-for-23 shooting from 3-point range – and shot just 58 percent from the free-throw line (11 for 19). Forward Rolands Narkis had 30 points to lead the Royals, while forward Josh English and guard Kristofer Riggs had 13 points apiece and guard Phillip Foster had 11 points.

Riggs had seven rebounds to lead the Royals, who committed 19 turnovers.

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