The Whetstone High School boys basketball team held off a late run by Franklin Heights to win 69-63 on Tuesday at Jonathan Alder in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

The Whetstone High School boys basketball team held off a late run by Franklin Heights to win 69-63 on Tuesday at Jonathan Alder in the first round of the Division I district tournament.

Tanner Furno was 14 of 19 from the floor and scored 33 points to go along with 13 rebounds for the Braves, who improved to 14-7 and advanced to play Independence in the second round at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Jonathan Alder.

"He had that look about him tonight," coach Kevin Arway said. "The whole year we've done a great job of pounding it inside. Sometimes he sees double teams and sometimes people push him out of the post, but he just did a great job."

Whetstone, which never trailed, led 23-12 by the end of the first quarter and took its biggest lead at 56-41 with 7 minutes, 7 seconds remaining.

Franklin Heights had one last run in the final quarter when it used full-court pressure defense to force nine turnovers. The Falcons cut it to 65-61 with 1:42 left on a basket by Peter Ivery, but Whetstone forced two missed shots on Franklin Heights' next two possessions to seal the win.

Peter Kpan had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Falcons, who went 7-1 against non-OCC-Capital Division teams during the regular season and finished 15-6 overall.

"We've been able to generate some things with our corner-court defense the last few weeks," Falcons coach Don Worstell said. "(Whetstone) was very organized and had a lot of seniors. They played well."