Bucket Winners: Madison’s boys basketball team is pictured with the Old Oaken Bucket including (from left) — Scott King, Clark Vaughn, Willie Huffman, Tyler Manaugh, Matt Woolard, Nick Macon, Ryan Thurston, Carson Wattenbarger, Tanner Sauley and Landon Perry. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Bucket Winners: Madison’s boys basketball team is pictured with the Old Oaken Bucket including (from left) — Scott King, Clark Vaughn, Willie Huffman, Tyler Manaugh, Matt Woolard, Nick Macon, Ryan Thurston, Carson Wattenbarger, Tanner Sauley and Landon Perry. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Nick Macon caught fire in the third quarter and Madison rolled past Southwestern 64-45 to retain the Old Oaken Bucket in the boys annual Turkey Shootout on Wednesday.

Macon had hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first half but began firing away in the third period at the urging of coach Pat King . The result was three-straight baskets in the quarter and 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Cubs to their 12th-straight win in the series.

"Coach wanted us to push the ball more and take more shots," Macon said. "(He wanted me) to be more of a threat."

Macon and his teammates listened.

Leading just 32-23 early in the third the Cubs took control with 10-straight points that pushed the lead to 19 points. Madison led by as many as 25 before settling on the final 19-point margin.

"We talked at halftime. The first half was over, the jitters were over and it was time to get to work," King said. "I thought Nick did a really good job in the third quarter of taking over the game - not so much scoring points but being a factor in the game, disrupting (Southwestern's) offense, getting the ball to the right people, getting the ball to the right places and he had a couple of steals. He played well."

Madison (1-0) never trailed in the game. Matt Woolard dropped in a short jumper for the Cubs and Gunnar Henry answered with a bucket for Southwestern at the outset. However, Madison then went on a 6-0 run to move ahead 8-2 and never looked back.

Woolard, the star of last year's 51-49 Madison win in the series when he hit the game-winner at the final horn for his only two points of the night, finished with an impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. It was Woolard's back-to-back shots in the opening quarter Wednesday that staked the Cubs to a 10-point lead at 18-8.

Southwestern (0-1) wasn't ready to go away. Zach Westerfield and Tyler Jones hit baskets early in the second and Michael Perry and Westerfield each knocked down 3-pointers to keep the Rebels in the game.

Trailing 32-21 at halftime, Southwestern pulled within nine when Henry hit a basket early in the third quarter. But that proved to be the Rebels' last stand.

Woolard hit a layup and Macon hit three-straight shots to push the lead to 42-23 before Henry ended the run with a bucket at the end of the third.

The third quarter could have been much better for the Rebels. Madison scored only 10 points over the eight-minute stretch yet still took control of the game.

"I really think we shot ourselves in the foot. From not running the offense to missing wide open shots and free throws, it's a wonder that we were even this close," Southwestern coach Andy Firth said. "But we've been harping on making defensive stops and we did that in this game."

The Rebels' last run came early in the fourth quarter when they scored eight-straight points to close the gap to 45-33. But, as it did all night, Madison answered, this time with a 12-0 run to blow open the game.

Macon was 7-of-10 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line to score a game-high 20 points. The sophomore also had five rebounds and three assists although he did commit seven turnovers.

Woolard was 7-of-14 shooting and Ryan Thurston scored 10 points. Madison shot 41 percent (25-for-61) but committed only 11 turnovers.

"We're still trying to get the guys to realize that you can score off your defense and the guys that were just worried about offense struggled tonight," King said. "I thought Ryan (Thurston) and Landon (Perry) both played very strong floor games. And Matt had a whale of a game. He has really emerged and will be a real contributor for us."

Henry led Southwestern with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mackenzy Withered added 12 points. The Rebels struggled from the floor and hit only 17-of-50 (34 percent) while turning the ball over 18 times.

"When you come out in the third quarter and you make about seven stops in a row and you've put in a new offense and the kids don't run it exactly the way you wanted yet we were still in the game, that's not something that I'm going to be too disappointed with when I get on that bus," Firth said. "It's very fixable."

While Madison has a week off before hosting Jennings County next Friday, Southwestern is back in action Saturday when the Rebels visit Switzerland County.

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OLD OAKEN BUCKET GAME

at Madison

MADISON 64, SOUTHWESTERN 45



SOUTHWESTERN 8 13 4 20 - 45

MADISON 18 14 10 22 - 64



SOUTHWESTERN (0-1) - (f)Henry 16, (f)Withered 12, (g)Westerfield 7, (g)Perry 7, Jones 2, (c)Wyne 1, Hartman 0, Howell 0, Brooks 0.

MADISON (1-0) - (g)Macon 20, (f)Woolard 15, (f)Thurston 10, (g)Perry 7, (c)Manaugh 5, Wattenbarger 3, Huffman 2, Sauley 2, King 0, Vaughn 0.



3-Point Goals - Southwestern 6 (Withered 3, Westerfield 1, Perry 1, Henry 1), Madison 5 (Macon 3, Perry 1, Wattenbarger 1). Rebounds - Southwestern 36 (Henry 10), Madison 42 (Woolard 13). Assists - Southwestern 4 (Westerfield 2), Madison 15 (Perry 4). Turnovers - Southwestern 18, Madison 11. Total Fouls - Southwestern 17, Madison 20. Free Throws - Southwestern 5-14, Madison 9-15. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Southwestern visits Switzerland Co. Saturday. Madison hosts Jennings Co. Nov. 30.