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Senior captain’s grit sparks Franklin squad

Chris Rodgers, shown (left) with  fellow senior cocaption Pat O’Reilly at practice, said he can draw on his rise from an unremarkable sophomore year to motivate younger players.
Chris Rodgers, shown (left) with fellow senior cocaption Pat O’Reilly at practice, said he can draw on his rise from an unremarkable sophomore year to motivate younger players. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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There wasn’t a doubt in his mind that he was going to take it strong.

Though his team faced what felt like an insurmountable lead in the fourth quarter against New Jersey high school power Christian Brothers Academy, and though CBA’s 6-foot-7 center, Pat Andree, was the only person between Chris Rodgers and the rim during a Franklin High fast break, the senior guard decided quickly that he would not back down. He took the ball to the rim hard, but his left-handed layup was off the mark.

Sparked by his 20 points, the Panthers cut a 24-point deficit to 12 before ultimately falling in the at Tufts University, 60-48. “He’s a captain, he’s a leader, he’s our best player,” said Franklin coach Dean O’Connor.

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