By Nathan Hutchinson
Register staff report
The Madison Central Indians defeated South Charleston 73-62 Saturday to claim the championship of the Chick-Fil-A Basketball Classic in South Charleston W.Va.
Central had to come from behind against South Charleston, which used its quickness to get easy baskets often in the first half, shooting 56 percent from the floor on its way to a six-point halftime lead.
But, the Indians made some defensive adjustments at the half and came out and put on a shooting clinic, hitting an unbelievable 84 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away for the win.
“We played well in the second half. The first half they got after us pretty good. They were quick and we couldn’t keep them away from the basket. They were driving by us and getting layups,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “We had to change things up a little bit in the second half and then we shot 84 percent from the field which carried us through.”
Everyone for Central had a hot hand in the second half, especially from the three point line where they were 8-of-10. Ken-Jah Bosley had four three-pointers, while Dominique Hawkins and Daniel Parke had two each.
Feldhaus said the shooting was something he had never seen from one of his teams.
“I don’t ever remember having a team shoot 84 percent in a half from the three-point line. We played really, really well and all our veteran players hit big shots,” Feldhaus said. “When we started shooting the ball like that the other team kind of got deflated a little bit.”
Hawkins led the way for the Indians with 26 points. Bosley finished with 22, while Quan Taylor added 11. Parke finished with six points and George Walker, Hunter Stocker, Demarcus George and Coty Alexander added two points each.
Central has a week off before taking on Conner Saturday at home at 2 p.m.
Madison Southern 69, Allen County-Scottsville 57
The Eagles wrapped up play in the Southern Central Bank Halton Classic with a solid win in Scottsville.
Michael Rothermel had 20 points and Tyler Abshear added 17 points and nine assists as Madison Southern (8-5) defeated Allen County-Scottsville (7-6), 69-57. The Eagles trailed by three at halftime, but overcome some serious foul trouble to snap a three-game losing streak.
“Some other guys stepped up,” Southern coach Shane Buttry said. “We had 11 guys score. It was a nice win.”
Southern out-scored Allen County-Scottsville 22-10 in the third quarter to take control. Drew Taylor had 11 points, Damien Harris had six points, Marlin Taylor had four points, Trevor Huff had three points, Spencer Stone, Clayton Barnes and Devante Linville each had two points and Nick Hume and Jake Napier had one point each.
Southern is set to return to action Friday at home against Clark County.
Grant County 71, Berea Community 45
The Pirates trailed three points at halftime, but a big second half allowed Grant County to pull away in the fifth-place game Saturday at the Shirley Kearns Invitational at Model Laboratory.
The Braves out-scored Berea Community 38-15 in the final two quarters and went on to pick up a 71-45 win. Daniel Hubbard had 12 points and four rebounds and Andy Allen had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks for the Pirates (5-9).
Berea trailed by just one point (16-15) after the first quarter and was down 33-30 at halftime.
Nolan Sweet had nine points and four assists, Eli Woodie had nine points, four assists and four rebounds, Dustin Kates had six points and Shyiem Alexander had one point.
Berea is set to return to action Wednesday at Sayre.