STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTOS BY DEB SCALLY
The chant came in the closing seconds from Franklin’s student section.
“We want Brentwood.”
That’s just who the Rebels will get after Tuesday night’s 73-58 win over Summit in a Region 6-AAA semifinal in front of an overflow crowd at Brentwood.
Franklin (26-6) will face Brentwood (25-7) for the fourth time in the championship at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.
The Rebels won the first three games against the Bruins.
“It’s going to be an incredible atmosphere,” said Franklin guard Reese Glover, who led the Rebels with 25 points against Summit (13-13).
“People really underestimate Reese’s defense,” Rebels coach Darrin Joines said. “To the novice that really understand our (1-3-1) defense, they think he’s resting, but he’s playing dead a little bit. He’s coming up from behind and he plays the top position great. He’s kind of perfected it.”
Post Asharri Haynesworth and point guard Reed Kemp both added 15 points.
The Rebels hit 20 of 22 from the foul line for a 90.9 percent clip.
Summit narrowed the deficit to 58-52 on Destin Wade’s layup with 3:46 left before Franklin pulled away with a 15-6 run.
“They’re really good,” Joines said. “Every time we played them, I kept saying, man, I hope that youth shows up where the moment gets them and I knew we’d have a huge crowd and they would. I hate to say this, but I was actually hoping they would just fold under the lights, but that didn’t happen.”
The Spartans start three freshmen and two sophomores.
Wade scored 18 points, but he was the only Spartan in double figures.
“I think everybody tries to give us their best punch and their best game, and I can tell watching them it gets more intense playing us,” Kemp said. “But I’d rather it be that than the other way around.”
Franklin beat Summit for the fourth time, including two-point wins in the first two games.
The Rebels won for the 16th time in their last 17 games.
Franklin shot 57.9 percent from the floor and Summit hit just 35.1 percent.
“We attempted 19 more shots than they did and made two less,” Summit coach Josh Goodwin said. “That pretty much tells the story. If we want to win games — any games — you’ve got to make shots.”
Summit missed 18 of 22 shots from the floor in the fourth quarter.
“I feel like we kind of ran out of gas, but we were trying our best to keep up with them,” Wade said. “We didn’t get back on transition when they were on offense, so that gave them some easy buckets.”
Franklin, the defending region champion, hit 9 of 18 from the 3-point range. Summit made just 5 of 26.
The Rebels outscored the Spartans 17-7 in points off turnovers.