BOYS BASKETBALL: Fralick family reunites on the hardwood, Troy gets Papa Bear ‘W’ over Baby Bear
HARPER WOODS – No matter what the sport, fathers and sons don’t get the chance to coach against each other very often, so when it does happen, it’s pretty special.
Thursday was one of those rare occasions.
Longtime Troy High School boys basketball coach Gary Fralick and his son Timmy, the head coach at Ashland High School out of Ohio squared off on opposing benches Thursday night in Harper Woods at the annual Motor City Roundball Classic.
It was a heated, nip-and-tuck contest, one in which dad prevailed over son 43-41 on a short buzzer-beating jumper by senior shooting guard Austin Perry off an offensive rebound, but the outcome, while a classic, was really the side dish.
The main entre was the unique family affair taking place on the sidelines (Sharon Fralick, Gary’s wife and Timmy’s mother, was at the scorer’s table doing the book making things even more surreal than they already were).
Still, the elder Fralick didn’t make too much of the situation in his post-game meeting with the press.
“I didn’t get caught up in the whole father-vs-son thing, I’m just happy that the Troy Colts came away with the win,” he said.
When reflecting on the game, Fralick’s paternal instinct took over.
“Actually, I feel bad for Timmy, his team played very tough and made some big plays, I’m sure it’s hard to swallow over in that locker room right now,” he said.
Overall, he was content though.
“I think we had fun, it was a little strange, yet still very enjoyable,” he said.
Ashland (1-5) rallied from four points behind in the final two minutes to tie the score 41-41 in the closing 45 seconds on Isaac Scott’s turn-around jumper in the lane. Scott would finish with a game-high 14 points.
However, Perry’s put-back bucket to beat the horn dashed any hopes of the student topping the teacher and heading back across the border to Ohio with the win in hand.
Troy improved to 3-2 with the victory. Perry had eight points in the game, while senior forward Chris Dorsey, in the midst of a breakout season in the post for the Colts, tallied a team-high 10 points to go with his nine rebounds.
Timmy Fralick, 32, was a star floor general for his pops in the late-1990s, in addition to earning all-state honors for Troy on the football field as a wide receiver. He would go on to play basketball in college, first at Oakland University and finally at Saginaw Valley State.
Starting his coaching career at Redford Thurston and Royal Oak Kimball (now Royal Oak) in the 1980s, Gary Fralick arrived at Troy as an assistant and then assumed the reins of the Colts program in 1994.
In 1996, he coached both his sons; at point guard was Timmy as only a freshman and at small forward was his namesake Gary, Jr, the club’s senior captain and an all-league wing that would go on to play with Wayne State at the college level.
“This entire opportunity was an amazing experience and something I’ll always remember,” said Timmy after addressing his squad in the wake of the loss. “My dad has taught me so much in so many ways, I have a difficult time putting into words how much something like this means to me.”