Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 7, 2013

Frankston knocks off Troup in District 18-2A battle for supremacy

Loper needs only 1 win to reach 800 for career

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress

TROUP — It's often been said that pay back is heck.

The Frankston Indian basketball handed Troup its first District 18-2A defeat Tuesday night in Troup, and by doing so the Indians avenged a loss encountered earlier this season to the Tigers.

The Indians (20-8, 11-1 18-2A) are now tied with the Tigers (19-10, 11-1) for first in the league standings.

As a subplot, longtime Frankston head coach Robert Loper, who resides in Jacksonville, earned his 799th-career win as a head boy's varsity coach on Tuesday.

Loper, who has coached basketball for 47 years, 38 of which have taken place at the varsity level, can reach the 800-win plateau on Friday night if his Indians can beat Sabine on the Cardinals' home floor in Liberty City.

Corey Warren scored 23 points — 19 of those came in the final half — to guide the Indians.

Frankston used a 13-5 run to start the fourth quarter as a avenue to victory.

Loper said his Indians were focused on Tuesday and were able to execute the game plan more effectively than they did in the first meeting with the Tigers.

“Troup beat us by two at our place and they (Troup) played better and deserved to win,” Loper said. “This time we played much smarter and we really got after it. We had some defensive problems the first time against Troup and we got those things fixed and played a much better game defensively.”

The Tigers, who visit Winona on Friday, got 16 points from Shaq Rollins.