The Indians appeared to be on the way to a lopsided victory over cross-county rival Madison Southern on Thursday in Berea.
Madison Central (2-0) had a 18-7 lead in the first quarter and pushed that advantage to 26-12 moments later.
The Eagles (0-2), however, fought back.
Southern got back within two points several times, including at halftime, but Central held on for a 72-67 win.
Kole Browne had a team-best 19 points for the Indians, despite battling foul trouble. Jaylen Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Will Hardin added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior Trent DeVries finished with a game-high 21 points (4-of-8 three-pointers) for Southern. Jayden Adams had 15 points and three assists and Blake Simpson had nine points.
Central led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Southern scored 31 points in the second quarter to get back in the game. DeVries had 12 points in the period.
The Indians led 43-41 at halftime and pushed that advantage to nine points at the end of the third quarter (60-51).
Central was just 18-of-30 at the free throw, but shot 49 percent from the field (6-of-15 three-pointers).
Southern shot 50 percent in the first half (15-of-30, 6-of-11 three-pointers), then hit only 8-of-32 field goal attempts in the second half (2-of-19 three-pointers).
Kenyatta Hardge had five points for Central, while Taishon Chenault and Carter Buckner each had three points. Trey Skaggs had one point and four rebounds.
Jay Rose had six points and seven rebounds for Southern. Zach Hudson had six points and six rebounds. Brett Erslan had four points and six rebounds.
Central is set to return to action Saturday at Great Crossing.
Southern is set to return to action Saturday at home against Marion County.
Lady Patriots fall to Estill County
The Model Laboratory girls basketball team had a six-point halftime lead over Estill County on Thursday in Richmond.
The Lady Patriots, though, couldn't hold on to that advantage.
The Lady Engineers out-scored Model 11-3 in the third quarter and rallied for a 57-49 win.
Kenzie Ferguson had a team-best 17 points for the Lady Patriots (0-2). Keaton Hall added 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
McKenna Tuttle had eight points and four assists.
After falling to district rival Madison Central on Monday in the season opener, the Lady Patriots started off strong on Thursday. The game was tied 12-12 after the first quarter and Model surged in front behind Ferguson, who scored 11 points in the second quarter.
Estill County bounced back and had a 39-37 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Model was able to pull even, but not take the lead.
McKenzie Johnson had seven points. Taylor LeCompte had seven rebounds and two points, while Alyssa Hudson added two points.
Model was six-of-six at the free throw line. Estill was 8-of-16 at the line.
The Lady Patriots are set to return action Saturday at Nicholas County.