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CMU MBB's Tillman, Black, Franklin Named All-HAAC

Posted: Feb 28, 2013 2:39 PM
Updated: Feb 28, 2013 2:41 PM

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KANSAS CITY - For the second straight season, Central Methodist's Melvin Tillman, Elliott Black and Eric Franklin have been named to the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Teams. Tillman was voted to the first team. Black was named to the second team, and Franklin was an honorable mention selection.

A third team All-HAAC pick last season, Tillman ranks 10th in conference play in scoring at 14.7 points per contest. Tillman also ranks sixth in the league in assists (3.5 per game) and 10th in field goal percentage, hitting better than 44.4 percent from the field.

An honorable mention choice in 2012, Black ended the regular season ranked fifth in the conference in scoring average at 15.6 points per game. Black has been especially effective in the new year, averaging 17.8 points against the last 15 HAAC opponents, including a career-high 34 against Benedictine on Feb. 16.

Black leads the HAAC in field goal percentage (50.8 percent) and ranks ninth in rebounds per game (6.13).

Franklin was chosen as an honorable mention pick for the second straight season. Franklin is third in the HAAC in assists (4.66 per game) and tied for sixth in steals (1.48per contest). Franklin's career-high 15 assists at Graceland on Jan. 3 were one of the school single-game record.

No. 4-seed Central Methodist welcomes No. 5-seed Benedictine on Thursday to Puckett Fieldhouse in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT.

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