Brett Dannels was impressed with the Madison boys’ effort in their opening round game of the Lyon County League Tournament Wednesday afternoon against Waverly.
A 10-0 run to begin the final eight minutes was enough for them to advance to Friday’s championship semifinals with a 50-39 win over Waverly.
“I told them at the end of the (third) quarter there, ‘Keep playing with the effort you’ve been playing with. Give them everything you’ve got. The shots are going to fall, get your feet set and make shots,’ and we did,” Dannels said. “The kids answered a big call there. To get that 10-0 run, it’s hard to describe.”
The two teams exchanged baskets left and right in the first quarter with Madison clinging to an 11-9 advantage. In the second quarter, each team exchanged the lead three times before a Madison 6-0 run increased the lead to 22-14. A Jonathan Lee bucket cut the Waverly deficit to 22-16 at halftime.
Waverly erased its eight-point deficit to knot things up at 27, using a 5-0 run, but Madison regained the lead and never relinquished it, holding on to a 33-31 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Madison led by as many as 12 during the final eight minutes, while Waverly got as close as nine on a 3-pointer by Chaska Lacey.
Chase Harrison led two Madison Bulldogs in double-figures with 15. Austin Watts added 11.
“I thought everyone who played gave extra effort when they were in there,” Dannels said. “I had a couple of younger guys come off the bench and gave us good minutes. I thought Chase played really well tonight. Offensively, he finally got going. When he got going, he was good.”
Harrison was just pleased to see his team advance.
“It was a pretty big win, getting into the semifinals,” he said. “It’s a pretty big deal (and) getting Madison basketball where it used to be.”
Lee led Waverly in scoring with 12 points and Lacey tallied 10. Madison held Rawlin Hively to six points and point guard Drew Pyle was shut out.
“Drew Stutesman and Kelton Buettner (were great on) the way they defended Hively tonight,” Dannels said. “That was a hustle and effort that ... if we play like that, posts will struggle to score against us. I thought the team played with a whole lot of heart.”
Madison will play Burlingame in a championship semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Friday against Burlingame, while Waverly will take on Marais des Cygnes Valley in a consolation semifinal at 8:30 p.m. this evening.
“This was our goal all year,” Dannels said. “I think we felt like we were better than our record and seed coming into this tournament. I told the guys, ‘We’ve got every chance in the world to put ourselves in that championship game.’”
Madison 11 11 11 17 — 50
Waverly 8 8 15 8 — 39
Madison: Watts 11, Wolgram 6, Wasson 4, Stutesman 9, Buettner 5, Harrison 15.
Waverly: White 2, Hively 6, Foster 8, Lacey 10, Lee 12.