Franklin, which scored in double digits in three quarters, could only manage six points in the second period as the Patriots gained a 29-17 halftime cushion. The Hornets used an 18-10 third quarter flurry to close the gap at 39-35. North Vermilion went on a narrow 20-18 fourth quarter surge to stroll away with the 59-53 league win.
Jarion Brown paced the Hornets attack with 16 points on four deuces, a pair of treys and 2 of 6 free throws. DeAndre Charles followed with 15 points on three treys, a pair of deuces and 2 of 2 free throws. Jamal Johnson finished in double digits with 12 points on six field goals.
Rounding out the scoring for the Hornets were: Simieon Thoedile, 5; Tarence Clark, 3 and Brennen Robison, 2.
Nick Cooper led the Patriots with 15 points.
Franklin (11-13, 5-3) will return to action next Friday at Kaplan.