Cubs ride 36-point 3rd to 85-50 win over Knights
Saturday, December 08, 2012 4:00 AM
Madison's boys basketball team exploded for a 36-point third quarter to turn a 35-20 halftime lead into an all-out rout in an 85-50 win at South Dearborn on Friday night.
Madison coach Pat King played every player on his bench and all 10 players got in on the offensive onslaught.
However, junior guard Landon Perry led the way with a huge 28-point night that included five 3-pointers that fueled Madison's big rally to pull away from the Knights.
Madison used a 16-3 run over the final four minutes of the second quarter to turn a 19-17 lead into the 35-20 halftime advantage and Perry then hit back-to-back-3-pointers to start the third quarter to unleash the rout.
"He was really in a good rhythm," King said of Perry. "He had 16 points at the half and at the start of the third quarter they weren't guarding him and boom, boom, boom!
"Landon had a fantastic night after a bad weekend last weekend against Jennings County and Providence ... but we just told him to keep shooting."
The 36-point third quarter - a dozen more points than the entire Madison lineup scored in Saturday's 48-24 loss at Providence - came quickly and seemingly effortlessly for the Cubs.
"Wasn't that third quarter fun to watch?" King remarked. "Around the three or four minute mark, coach (Rich) Bagienski said we had scored on every possession in the third quarter up until then. For us to score 36 points in a quarter means we're really doing something right."
Madison's big push came with a smaller lineup on the floor and featured drives to the basket, outside shooting and more of the clamp-down defense that the Cubs exhibited last weekend while the Madison offense was still struggling.
"We didn't play poorly on defense last weekend. We just played two pretty good teams and picked a bad time to shoot bad," King said. "Tonight we score 85 points and that's just a credit to the kids."
Matt Woolard was the only other Cub in double figures with 15 but Ryan Thurston and Nick Macon added nine points each and five more Cubs had four or more.
Macon, who missed both games for the Cubs last weekend due to an undisclosed medical condition, came off the bench midway through the first quarter Friday night and the impact was immediate as the sophomore guard converted two steals into layups to give Madison a 15-11 lead after one quarter.
King said he was glad to get the contribution from Macon, the team's starting point guard until the illness, and the hope is that he can work back into the lineup for more minutes over time now that he has been released to play by doctors.
South Dearborn, now 0-5, had two players in double figures as 6-foot-4 seniors Weston Taylor and Collier Holtegel scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The Cubs were 32-of-52 from the field for 61 percent shooting - including 7-of-12 from 3-point range - to go with 14-of-16 from the foul line. South Dearborn was 18-of-46 from the field for 39 percent, 4-of-13 on 3-pointers and just 10-of-19 at the stripe.
Madison, now 2-2, will host Jeffersonville tonight and one of the top players in the state in the Red Devils' Darryl Baker, a 6-foot-5 senior swingman who is being recruited by several NCAA Division I schools including Butler, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State and Xavier.
"He's one of the best players in the state - definitely an All-Star and maybe even Mr. Basketball," King said of Baker, who scored 38 points in a 65-64 win over Class 3A No. 2 Evansville Bosse last weekend. "We've got some plans for him ... we want to make him earn his points."
FRIDAY'S BOYS GAME
MADISON 85, SOUTH DEARBORN 50
MADISON 15 20 36 14 - 85
SOUTH DEARBORN 11 9 12 18 - 50
MADISON (2-2) - (g)Perry 28, (f)Woolard 15, (g)Thurston 9, Macon 9, (f)Wattenbarger 6, (c)Manaugh 4, Huffman 4, King 4, Sauley 4, Vaughn 2.
SOUTH DEARBORN (0-5) - (f)Taylor 12, (f)Holtegel 10, Harves 7, Miller 6, Moorhead 5, (c)Jefferson 4, (g)Faller 3 , Wohlfrom 3, (g)Bailey 0, Rutzel 0, Kirkey.
3-Point Goals - Madison 7 (Perry 5, Thurston 2, South Dearborn 4 (Taylor 1, Faller 1, Wohlfrom 1, Harves 1). Free Throws - Madison 14-16 (87.5%), South Dearborn 10-19 (52.6%). Team Fouls - Madison 19, South Dearborn 11. Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - Madison 28, South Dearborn 21. Turnovers - Madison 14, South Dearborn 14. Next game - Madison hosts Jeffersonville tonight, South Dearborn hosts Franklin County tonight.