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Korn has high-scoring week for Flyers

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FREEMAN -- Freeman guard Josh Korn went on a scoring barrage last week.

The 5-foot-10 senior averaged 32 points per game in a four-game set during the week, and in that span, Korn missed only one free throw.

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The Flyers went 2-2 in their games, including a fourth-place finish in the Cornbelt Conference Tournament on Saturday.

And although the team lost in its final game to Canistota, Korn put up his best effort of the week with 38 points -- 18 of which came in the fourth quarter -- to help his team rally from an 18-point deficit and send the game to overtime.

Korn, who is leading his team this season with an average of 28.1 points per game, was below his season average only once last week when he put up 21 in a semifinal game against Menno, which eventually went on to win the tournament. In the other games, he scored 35 points against Scotland, 33 points against Bridgewater/Emery in the opening game of the tournament and 38 against Canistota.

For his numerous high-scoring performances last week, Korn has been named The Daily Republic's Player of the Week, as voted on by the newspaper's sports staff.

"That was the best string of scoring games I've ever put together," Korn said. "I shot the ball pretty well last week."

Last season, the Flyers finished with a 15-7 overall record and were 6-0 in the conference. They lost in the District 10 title game to Scotland by three points in overtime. Korn, now starting for his fourth straight year, averaged 19.1 points per game, which also led his team.

This year the team is 5-12, but despite the losing record Korn said he's still enjoying the season and his strong offensive role.

The team lost four forwards and a center to graduation last year, and between them, they averaged 38 points and 29 rebounds per game.

"I think it's been a struggle for him," Freeman head coach Rory Hermsen said about Korn dealing with the team's transition. "He's faced a lot of double teams, and it's been tough for him to get off shots. But he has helped a lot of the younger kids come along."

Added Korn: "I like the role I have in our offense. I like to shoot the ball."

Shooting is just one of his offensive talents, Hermsen said. He said Korn tries to use a lot of dribbles to get open and create shots and also drive in the lane for inside layups.

Last week, the offense was using a lot of screens and Korn was just knocking down a few more shots than normal, the 12th-year head coach said.

Korn made his presence known on the defense side of the court last week, too. He racked up seven steals in the 66-54 win over Scotland, he had seven rebounds against Menno and then added seven more against Canistota.

"We were happy with the first-round win, but disappointed after the Canistota game," Korn said. "When we went into overtime, we thought we'd win it. But we were overall happy with the tournament because we weren't expected to win even a game."

Korn and the Flyers lost to Hanson Monday, pushing their losing streak to three games, but they will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to Corsica Thursday to play the Comets (11-5).

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