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March 1, 2014

H.S. BASKETBALL: Central tops Southern to win 19th straight championship

RICHMOND — The Madison Central Indians won their 19th-straight 44th District Tournament title, 89-65, over Madison Southern in a foul-fest Friday in McBrayer Arena.

Southern hung tough for much of the game, but Central’s size and athleticism eventually wore the Eagles down and the Indians pulled away in the fourth quarter.

There were 51 fouls called in the game — 34 in the first half alone — which hampered both teams as they had to play young players a lot of minutes who were not normally on the floor.

The fouls slowed the game to a crawl, taking all the flow away, turning it into a free throw shooting contest in the first half, leaving both coaches frustrated.

“That was bad, but what can you do? We had some people who didn’t have much experience, like Michael Clay, who came in and played really well. You have no choice when you get that many fouls in the first half,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “That is not the type of officiating we’ll get next week. I guarantee you that in the 11th Region Tournament they are going to let you play.”

Buttry called the officiating “ridiculous.”

“That was horrible. It took all the flow away. We had a gameplan and our top eight guys were in foul trouble early so we had guys out there that weren’t expected to be out there doing things that we hadn’t worked with them on,” Buttry said. “But, it was bad both ways. It was like a free throw shooting contest and we missed nine free throws in the first half.”

Neither team was particularly good at the line in the first quarter, Southern (7-of-12) and (Central 6-of-10) and it wasn’t’ much better the rest of the game.

Southern hung tough, trailing only 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.

The Indians went on an 11-0 run to begin the second quarter and eventually pulled out to a 14 point lead.

Southern cut it to 13, 46-33 at the half.

The Eagles came out in the third quarter and began to chip away at the Central lead and got it down to nine points inside the final three minutes, but three consecutive turnovers helped Central build the lead back to 61-48 at the end of the quarter.

Southern finally began to wear down in the fourth quarter and Central built as much as a 21-point lead and cruised to the win.

Buttry said he was proud of the effort he got from his team.

“They deserved to beat us. We played as hard as we possibly could. We had a good gameplan and it carried us for a while. But athletically we just couldn’t hang with them,” Buttry said. “After trying to jump with them all the way we got a little tired in the fourth quarter and they pulled away.”

Cameron Thomas lead the Indians with 21 points. Isaiah Johnson had 16 points and Clay finished with 12 points.

Coty Alexander had nine points, Sam Jones had eight points, DeMarcus George had seven points, Grant Brockman had three points and Terique Miller and John Williams had two points each.

Senior Devante Linville was the only Eagle in double figures with 10 points. Trevor Huff and Andrew Miller had nine points each, Tanner Kidwell had eight points, Stacy Burns, Michael Jefferson and Antonio Thrash had six points each, Caleb Miller had four points, Griffin Gabbard had three points and Brandon Sargent and Blake Linville had two points each.

Both team move on to the 11th Region Tournament, which begins Monday in Frankfort. The tournament draw is today in Frankfort.

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