Cubs' defense tames Lions 61-21
Saturday, December 29, 2012 4:00 AM
SALEM - Madison jumped out to a big lead and never backed down to roll to a 61-21 dismantling of winless Salem on the road Friday in boys action.
RUNNING AWAY: Madison’s Matt Woolard (above, 14) leads the fast break after getting a steal off Salem’s Jason Zink (23) as teammate Landon Perry (11) trails the play during Friday’s game. The Cubs’ Nick Macon sticks his hand in (below) to poke the ball away from the Lions’ Caleb Couch. Madison had 23 steals — eight by Macon — and forced 37 turnovers in the 61-21 rout. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
The Cubs, who hadn't played in nearly two weeks, showed no signs of rust in attacking Salem from the opening tip. Madison led 16-2 less than four minutes into the game, and after a bit of a lull, pushed its lead to 31-15 at the half.
The host Lions, who fell to 0-7 on the season, helped Madison with 37 turnovers. But the Cubs were also credited with 23 steals and got over half their points (33) off turnovers.
"No disrespect to Salem but this was a game that we probably could have named our score," Madison coach Pat King said. "We went into the game with the hope of playing a lot of guys and we were able to do that. We haven't had too many games like this one."
King substituted liberally throughout the game and as a result, nearly every player on the roster saw significant time. And nearly every one of them contributed to the rout.
Matt Woolard, who led Madison with 16 points, scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Cubs got off to a quick start. Turnovers led to fast breaks and Madison converted nearly every one of them for the 16-2 start.
"We mapped out the first several possessions of the game, kind of like in a football game," King said. "Our goal was to have a five-point lead at the four minute mark and we did that. The guys played well."
Salem closed the first quarter on a rush, scoring 10 points in the final three-and-a-half minutes to close the gap to 18-12 at the end of the opening quarter.
But any hopes of a Salem comeback were dashed when Madison allowed only three points on the second quarter and the Lions managed only two points in the third as the Cubs ran away with the game.
"We hit a little lull there in the first and I don't think it was because of the substitutions, I just think the shots weren't falling in," King said. "But we came out in the third and got back to it. We outscored them 17-2. That's pretty good."
Salem scored the first bucket of the third quarter then was powerless as Madison ripped off 17-straight points to end the frame. The run reached 24 straight in the fourth quarter as the Cubs pushed the lead out to 55-17. The 40-point final spread was the biggest lead of the night.
Landon Perry added 15 points for Madison which had nine different players score in the game. Nick Macon had nine points but added five assists and eight steals. Carson Wattenbarger pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
Salem hit only nine field goals in the game and was just 9-for-28 (32.1 percent) from the floor. Madison was 25-for-55 (45.5 percent) with most of its attempts coming on layups.
Derek Catlett and Jason Lewis had four points each to lead Salem.
The 21 points was the fewest Madison has allowed in a game in at least 40 years. It was a far cry from the school-record 104 points Salem put on the Cubs just two years ago.
Madison returns to action Friday when the Cubs host Scottsburg.
FRIDAY's BOYS GAME
MADISON 61, SALEM 21
MADISON 18 13 17 13 - 61
SALEM 12 3 2 4 - 21
MADISON (4-4) - (c)Woolard 16, (g)Perry 15, (g)Macon 9, Huffman 8, (f)King 4, (f)Thurston 3, Wattenbarger 2, Sauley 2, Stewart 2, Vaughn 0.
SALEM (0-7) - (c)Catlett 4, Lewis 4, (g)Couch 3, (f)Pennington 3, Thomas 3, Lamb 3, Zink 2, (g)Baker 0, (f)Jerrell 0.
3-Point Goals - Madison 3 (Macon 1, Perry 1, Thurston 1), Salem 1 (Couch 1). Rebounds - Madison 26 (Wattenbarger 5), Salem 24 (Catlett 7). Assists - Madison 15 (Macon 5), Salem 5 (Jerrell 2). Turnovers - Madison 16, Salem 37. Steals - Madison 23 (Macon 8), Salem 5 (Catlett 2). Total Fouls - Madison 7, Salem 12. Free Throws - Madison 8-11, Salem 2-4. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Madison hosts Scottsburg Friday. Salem visits to Orleans Friday.