University of Louisville signee Peyton Siva thrilled the packed house with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one huge blocked shot to help the Quakers overcome a severe case of jet lag and beat Male 56-52 last night in the Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale.
Franklin's 26-person travel group left Seattle for Las Vegas early Wednesday morning and encountered nothing but trouble from there as a snowstorm snarled air traffic. Only eight players made it to Louisville in time for the game as the travel party had to be separated into three groups.
"Man, it snowed in Vegas!" the 5-foot-11 Siva -- an obvious pick for the first travel group -- said before leaving the locker room and signing several autographs. "That caught me off-guard."
Franklin (4-0), ranked No. 19 in the nation by USA Today, advanced to face Pleasure Ridge Park, which beat Madisonville 69-68, in tonight's 7:30 quarterfinal. O. J. Bell had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead defending KOB champion Male (3-2), No. 10 in Kentucky in The Courier-Journal's preseason poll of coaches.