The Patriots (4-10) looked a little flat during the warm-ups prior to Tuesday's game with Nicholas County (4-10) in Richmond.
That didn't really surprise Model coach John Morgerson all that much, though.
"Sometimes that happens on Senior Night. We were distracted and had our minds on our things," Morgerson said.
And not surprisingly, the Patriots quickly fell behind, 6-2.
They got an unexpected chance to regroup, though.
With 1:43 left in the first quarter, the game had to be stopped because of slippery conditions on the court at Model's Shirley Kearns Gymnasium.
The teams resumed played about 20 minutes later at EKU's Alumni Coliseum.
"We got to slow down, take a deep breathe and when we stepped on the court at EKU, it felt like we had more energy," Morgerson said. "We started rebounding and we just had more energy. I thought it was good for us."
The change of location certainly helped the Patriots.
Model charged back to pick up a 64-58 win over the Bluejackets on a most unusual, but memorable Senior Night.
Thomas Luxon had 18 points and five rebounds for Model. Ethan Bailey had 17 points (7-of-7 free throws), three assists and three rebounds, while Jackson Perry had 14 points and four rebounds and Bryson Perry had nine points, four assists and six rebounds.
Model trailed 11-8 after one quarter, but out-scored Nicholas County 21-15 in the second quarter and never trailed in the second half.
On Senior Night, Luxon — a junior — played a big role in the win. The forward was 7-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-1 from three-point range, and also hit 1-of-2 free throws. The junior also had a steal.
"He is just really unselfish," Morgerson said of Luxon. "We don't run plays for him. He just goes out there and makes plays."
Nate Feese got two quick fouls, but the senior still played more than 29 minutes and once again made an impact in many different ways.
Feese had nine points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. He also had two steals and two blocks.
"He's just tough to guard. He's really physical," Morgerson said of Feese. "They tried to double him and he was doing a good job of passing out of the post and finding guys who were open."
The Patriots missed a week of action in late January because of COVID-19 related issues and have been without senior Colton Collier (injury) for a couple of weeks.
However, Model has won three of the its past five games, including two straight games.
"We haven't reach our ceiling. We don't know what (our ceiling) is yet," Morgerson said. "I still like what we have."
Model is set to return to action Thursday at Jackson County.
Southern wins in return to action
Back on the court for the first time in two weeks, the Madison Southern boys basketball team came up with a solid performance on the road against a tough 11th Region opponent.
Jay Rose had 19 points and six rebounds as the Eagles (4-6) picked up a 56-48 win Tuesday over Franklin County (7-5). Trent DeVries had 16 points and four rebounds, while Brett Erslan had 11 points and eight rebounds.
The game featured four ties and 12 lead changes.
Neither team led by more than eight points.
Southern trailed 15-14 after the first quarter and was down 28-25 at halftime. The Eagles out-scored the Flyers 15-10 in the third quarter.
Franklin County pulled even at 40-40 early in the fourth, but Rose responded with a three-pointer and Southern never trailed again.
Southern shot 37.8 percent from the field, including 5-of-22 from three-point range, but hit 17-of-20 free throws.
The Eagles had 18 turnovers, but forced 20 turnovers, which led to 16 points.
Blake Simpson had four points and two rebounds. Jayden Adams had three points and two rebounds. Michael Bannister had two points, three assists and two rebounds, while Walt Smith had one point, three assists and two rebounds.
Southern is set to return to action Friday at Madison Central.