POCA, W.Va. - Bryan Frampton would have been proud of his son Friday night.
Freshman Luke Frampton, wearing his late father's jersey number, scored a career-high 21 points to spark hot-shooting Poca to a 73-35 repeat romp over Nicholas County in a battle of state-ranked Class AA teams.
The No. 3 Dots (14-1), who won their 12th straight game, vaulted into a 13-0 lead at the outset and knocked down their first seven 3-point attempts in taking a 38-15 halftime edge.
Earlier this month, Luke Frampton and older brother Noah began alternating games wearing jersey number 34 as a tribute to their father. Bryan Frampton, who died on Dec. 1, wore that number when he played for the Dots in the 1980s. Luke, who began the season wearing No. 14, now sports the 34 jersey for home games and Noah for road games.
"It's just to represent my dad,'' Luke Frampton said. "It's for him. I want to play like he would. He hustled a lot. He was a good player.''
Friday's game marked the second time for Luke Frampton as No. 34, and he wore it well. He hit 8 of 11 shots, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers, and had team highs of four rebounds and three assists.
Luke Frampton thought his father would approve . . . to a point.
"He'd probably still critique me a little bit,'' he said with a smile. "He always had something else to say about it.''
Not even veteran Poca coach Allen Osborne, who's normally hard to satisfy, could find much fault with his team's effort Friday.
The Dots shot 65 percent for the game, including 71 percent in the first half (15 of 21), knocked down 10 of 14 3s, had assists on 19 of 28 baskets and committed only eight turnovers (five by the starters).
Oh, and they also outrebounded the taller Grizzlies 24-21 and held Nicholas' top scorers, Jared Tharp (13 points) and Cody McClung (11) under their averages.