The Indians have really struggled to get consistent offensive production from anyone other than Kole Browne and Braeden Ray all season.
That dynamic duo is averaging more than 32 points a game combined — which is almost 49 percent of the team’s scoring.
Browne and Ray once again turned in solid performances on Friday against Collins in Richmond.
And once again, they didn’t get much help.
Browne had 17 points and Ray had 12 points as the Indians (4-8) suffered a 64-44 loss.
The loss was the third-straight at home for the Indians.
Dayvion McKnight had 21 points and 11 points for Collins, which had three players reach double figures in scoring.
“They’ve both got to score 20 points for us each night,” Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus said of Ray and Browne. “No one else had more than four points for us tonight. It’s a struggle. It’s a real struggle.”
The Indians did get some scoring from other people early.
Trey Skaggs had a basket and Alex Rogers added a field goal and two free throws in the first quarter.
The game was tied (13-13) heading into the second quarter and Browne put the Indians up with a three-pointer. Central had a 21-17 lead before the Titans closed the half on an 11-3 run.
Collins had a 28-24 lead at the break.
Browne and Ray combined for 18 points in the first half.
Collins shot 59 percent from the field in the first half and continued that hot shooting in the second half.
The Titans were 30-of-49 from the field for the game, including just 2-of-12 from three-point range. Collins was 2-of-4 from the free throw line.
The Titans out-scored the Indians 21-6 in the third quarter.
“When they turned up the heat and went straight-up full-court, man-to-man, we struggled. Our lack of strength really showed up.”
McKnight led the way for Collins. The senior point guard was 10-of-14 from the field with five assists and three steals.
“We just don’t have anyone we can match up on him,” Feldhaus said of McKnight. “He’s just a man. That’s what a Division I basketball player looks like.”
Central shot 47 percent overall, but had 15 turnovers and attempted just 36 field goals. The Indians were 4-of-12 from three-point range and 6-of-12 from the free throw line.
Skaggs and Rogers each had four points. Kenyatta Hardge had three points. Luke Coleman and Will Hardin each had two points.
Central is set to return to action today against Danville at the Patriot Classic in Lincoln County.
“That’s the good thing about basketball,” Feldhaus said. “You don’t have to worry about defeats very long. You get a chance real quick to redeem yourself.”