The Oilers had 20 potential points thwarted by the outstretched hands of 6' 8" center Johnathan Leccia who recorded 10 blocks on the night. The Knights frustrated the Oilers with solid defense and crashing the boards.
The early minutes of the game were one-sided in favor of the home team. Franklin jumped to a 10-1 lead in the first four minutes of play, in part thanks to three of Leccia's blocks and a combination of field goals from Damon Curry, Cole Buckley and Leccia.
The Knights had a 12-point advantage nearing the final seconds of the quarter before Will McMahon bounced one in for the Oilers to end the first eight minutes at 19-9.
Franklin extended the lead to as much as 14 in the second quarter before Oil City started to pluck away at the deficit behind a strong foul shot effort.
With less than a minute left in the half Oil City's Cam VanWormer's second free throw circled the rim dramatically defying gravity at first before dropping through the net to cut Franklin's lead to eight at 30-22.
From there, the Oilers never got closer than seven points. Franklin hit six foul shots down the stretch and ended the game with a 16-point advantage 67-51.
The shot gave the Knights a 41-39 lead with only few ticks on the clock remaining.
Oil City took a timeout but couldn't find a good shot resorting to a half court fling that flew short as the buzzer sounded.