Behind excellent efforts from DJ Eley and Matthew Fraulini, the starting guard tandem combined for a strong 49-point output as the Portsmouth Trojans made quick work of the Western Indians en route to taking home a 76-55 victory on Wednesday evening in Portsmouth.
From the outset, the pair proved to be lethal as the duo combined to score each of the Trojans’ final 10 points in the opening quarter to allow Portsmouth to take a 16-5 first-quarter lead. Fraulini then teamed with Danny Lattimore to combine for a 10-point output in the second frame as the Trojans steadily built their lead to a 37-23 margin at halftime.
The second half, however, proved to be all about Eley and his red-hot shooting from three-point range.
After knocking down a pair of threes in the third quarter en route to an eight-point showing, Eley found a serious groove in the fourth by nailing four triples in the final stanza alone while posting an impressive 15-point frame. The senior ultimately finished with a team-high 29 points and racked up seven threes during the contest.
Behind Eley, Fraulini’s 10 points in the first and second halves allowed the sophomore off-guard to finish with 20 points as the 6-1 guard continues to show off a skill set that makes Fraulini one of the more talented youngsters around. Lattimore, Isaac Kelly, and Reese Johnson all finished with seven points to, again, show off Portsmouth’s balanced scoring load, while Daniel Jordan, MyQuel McKinley and Gabe Gambill combined for six points in the 21-point win.
Lane Brewster finished as Western’s high point man with 20 points, knocking down an impressive four treys in his own right. Alex Humphrey’s 12 tallies, along with nine points apiece from Cole Gibson and Broc Jordan, rounded out the Indians’ main producers.
With the win, Portsmouth (5-1) will finish up its pre-Christmas schedule with a trip to Wheelersburg to face the Pirates on Saturday. Western (3-3) will travel to Green on Thursday to play the Bobcats.