By Nathan Hutchinson
Register staff report
The Madison Central Indians (10-3) continued their strong tournament play Friday with a 60-48 win over Pinkerton Central (Ohio) in the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Charleston, WVa.
The Indians jumped on top early and led 10-3 after the first quarter. They stretched the lead to 11, 32-21 at the half and got on top by as much as 18 points in the second half and coasted to the win.
‘We played really well in the first half,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “We lost some of our intensity when we got the big lead, but it was a good win for us.”
Central had a very balanced scoring attack with four starters in double figures. Ken-Jah Bosley led the way with 18 points, followed by Dominque Hawkins and Daniel Parke with 14 each and Quan Taylor with 10. George Walker added three points and Demarcus George had one point for the Indians.
Playing in an out-of-state tournament is a different experience for his team, Feldhaus said, because it exposes them to different types of officiating than they are used to in Kentucky.
“The officiating is a little different up here. They let you play a lot more physical and don’t call as many touch fouls like they did last week in the King of the Bluegrass,” Feldhaus said.
The Indians advance to the finals of the tournament to play Charleston Southern, the tournament host school, at 7 p.m.
Feldhaus said the matchup will one of the few times this season that his team will face a smaller team.
“It’s always tough when you play the host team on their floor, but it’ll be a good matchup,” Feldhaus said. “South Charleston is smaller than us and they have a lot of quickness. So it’ll be different for our guys facing one of the few teams we’ll see all year smaller than us.”
Bowling Green 70, Madison Southern 57
The Eagles couldn’t overcome a rough first half Friday at the South Central Bank Halton Classic at Allen County-Scottsville.
Madison Southern fell behind 21-9 after the first quarter and went on to suffer a 70-57 loss to Bowling Green. Tyler Abshear had 22 points and Michael Rothermel added 14 points for the Eagles (7-5).
“In the second half, we played about as well as we have all year in a lot of ways,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said. “We absolutely got after them.”
The Eagles were down 14 points at halftime (35-21), but got back within five points at the start of the fourth quarter.
Southern hit eight three-pointers and was 19-of-28 from the free throw line.
Drew Taylor had eight points and eight rebounds, Damien Harris had eight rebounds and six points, Trevor Huff had three points, Spencer Stone had two points and Tanner Kidwell and Clayton Barnes had one point each.
Southern is set to wrap up play in the tournament at 10:30 a.m. today against Allen County-Scottsville.