ON LINE: Madison senior Ryan Thurston fires a 3-pointer over Providence’s Dalton Duley during Saturday’s game in Clarksville. Thurston hit this shot but the Cubs hit only eight other shots from the floor in the 48-24 loss. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
ON LINE: Madison senior Ryan Thurston fires a 3-pointer over Providence’s Dalton Duley during Saturday’s game in Clarksville. Thurston hit this shot but the Cubs hit only eight other shots from the floor in the 48-24 loss. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
CLARKSVILLE - Madison coach Pat King tried his best to put a light moment on a dark game after watching his Cubs author one of the worst-scoring performances in the program's history.

Facing the stifling defense of Providence on the road, Madison did not break 20 on the scoreboard until the final minutes of a 48-24 loss on Saturday. It was the lowest total the Cubs have scored in at least 40 years and maybe in the post World War II era.

"Jimmy Shannon is a friend of mine and last year he went through the same thing," King said of the New Albany coach. "New Albany lost 50-20 and he said that he wanted to get out of the gym at halftime. Just like the Peyton Manning Saturday Night Live episode. You just wanted to sneak out the back door and get out of there."

With sophomore point guard Nick Macon out for the second-straight game due to illness, the Cubs were rudderless and unable to mount much of a challenge against the Pioneers.

Providence (3-0) scored the first 11 points of the game and, after giving up back-to-back baskets, took a 15-5 lead into the second quarter.

Madison had its best scoring quarter in the second when it put 10 on the board but the Cubs managed only two in the third and did not reach the 20-point mark until a Carson Wattenbarger basket with 4:15 left in the game.

By that time Madison trailed 43-18 and the game had long been over. Even the sparse Providence crowd that was on hand had started to file out of the gym by that point.

What hurt the Cubs most was their inability to put consistent offensive plays together. Providence's physical floating man-to-man defense turned Madison into a jump-shooting team and even those shots were contested.

Senior Ryan Thurston hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half but was held in check the rest of the game to finish with a team-high six points.

Macon, who missed both weekend game, had scored 20 points by himself in the season-opening win over Southwestern two weeks ago. His loss was felt in more ways than one.

"It's been a tough weekend," King said. "All I talked to the kids about right now is emotions and the mental part of basketball. It really doesn't have anything to do with the physical. It's between the ears right now, plain and simple. We have maybe our best player can't play for the weekend. He controls the tempo for us, he's our quarterback and it was very obvious that we had nobody to replace him. We had almost as many turnovers as points tonight."

Madison committed 16 turnovers in the game to just six by Providence. Most of the Cubs' miscues came in their half-court offense when they were caught out of position and forced to make bad passes.

Along with Thurston, post players Tyler Manaugh and Matt Woolard scored four each for Madison. Landon Perry had just a 3-pointer.

The game marks the second time in King's two-year tenure that the Cubs have been held to less than 30 points. Madison dropped a 50-26 loss to Floyd Central last year.

"This was just like the Floyd game last year," King said. "We just couldn't hit a shot and we were caught taking jump shots."

Providence's top three players outscored Madison by themselves. Dalton Duley had 13 points, Nano Grantz added 10 and Ryan Pickerell had eight.

The Cubs have the week to regroup before visiting South Dearborn on Friday.

---

Saturday' Boys Game

at Clarksville

PROVIDENCE 48, MADISON 24



MADISON 5 10 2 7 - 24

PROVIDENCE 15 12 14 7 - 48



MADISON (1-2) - (f)Thurston 6, (c)Manaugh 4, (f)Woolard 4, (g)Perry 3, Wattenbarger 2, King 2, Vaughn 2, (g)Sauley 1, Huffman 0.

PROVIDENCE (3-0) - (f)Duley 13, (g)Grantz 10, (c)Pickerell 8, (f)Knott 7, (g)Cahalan 4, Hayes 4, Shahroudi 2, Quinkirt 0, Koerner 0, Goad 0.



3-Point Goals - Madison 3 (Thurston 2, Perry 1), Providence 2 (Cahalan 1, Duley 1). Total Fouls - Madison 16, Providence 12. Free Throws - Madison 3-6, Providence 10-16. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Madison visits South Dearborn Friday, Providence visits Scottsburg Saturday.