Having not trailed all season, J-D was properly alarmed - and scored the first eight points of the second half as part of a 10-2 run to move in front as Coleman and Cavanaugh accounted for six of those points. Overall, Coleman would finish with 22 points.
Still, Rush hung in there, trading baskets until it regained the lead, 50-48, just before the third quarter ended. Ultimately, J-D fell behind 54-50 with less than six minutes to play, and a rare regular-season defeat for the three-time state Class A champions looked quite possible.
Then Cavanaugh turned it around. His 3-pointer immediately cut the deficit to 54-53, and that, combined with Coleman's three-point play with 4:55 left, put J-D ahead for good as it moved out to a 67-62 lead. Cavanaugh would get 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.
Despite having two starters, Broyld and Brad Williams, foul out, Rush crept back within two, 68-66, with less than a minute to play and had a shot to tie it. But Bay Barley missed it, and with 33 seconds left Davi Sacco made two big free throws to double the margin to four. Franklin added another free throw with 15 seconds left, creating the final margin.
J-D is back on the court Tuesday to face East Syracuse-Minoa, then is off during the holiday break, not resuming until Jan. 5, when it makes up the twice-postponed meeting with Fowler just two days before its home showdown with CBA.