By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Indians didn’t hang their heads after having their 16-game winning streak snapped.
They simply went back to work.
And on Tuesday they picked up a solid bounce-back victory at home over a quality opponent.
Coty Alexander had 16 points and Kirkland Humphrey added 15 points as Madison Central (5-1) handed Collins (5-1) its first loss of the season, 59-46.
“You are always disappointed when you lose, but that’s the best game we’ve played all year — even though we lost,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said of Friday’s 64-62 loss at home to Montgomery County. It was a confidence booster for us, because I think that is definitely a Top 10 team.”
Against Collins, the Indians had a seven-point lead at halftime (25-18) and began to pull away in the third quarter. Central hit three three-pointers in the period — one each from Humphrey, Alexander and Isaiah Johnson — and carried a 15-point lead into the final quarter.
The Indians hit six threes in the game — three by Alexander and two by Humphrey.
“We’ve shot the three pretty well,” Feldhaus said. “We are shooting better than 33 percent on the season. That’s good. Kirkland and Coty can step out there and hit them.”
Alexander gave the Indians a spark early.
He hit a three-pointer in the first quarter and finished with 11 points in the first half.
“You know what you are going to get from Coty. We call him Bulldog,” Feldhaus said. “He’s going to fight you and he’s going to make big plays. He’s not afraid to make big plays and that’s what I like about him. He plays with a lot of heart.”
Collins tried to slow things down on both ends of the floor. The Indians busted open a zone with good outside shooting and was also able to get out in transition as well.
“We really hadn’t played anybody like that,” Feldhaus said. “So, its a good change of pace. We tried to speed them up, but they’ve got a good ball-control type point guard. We’ve got to be versatile. We’ve got to be able to handle different situations.”
Sam Jones finished with 10 points, Cameron Thomas had six points, while Demarcus George and Johnson each had five points and John Williams had two points.
Central is set to return to action at 8 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Berea Holiday Classic against Bourbon County. The game is scheduled to be played at Berea Community.