THROWING DOWN!: Madison senior Tyler Manaugh threw down a slam dunk (above) and then celebrated with classmate Carson Wattenbarger (below, 24) during Thursday’s win over Lawrenceburg. The dunk was the first of Manaugh’s career, but he also had a career-high 21 points to lead the Cubs in the 69-59 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
THROWING DOWN!: Madison senior Tyler Manaugh threw down a slam dunk (above) and then celebrated with classmate Carson Wattenbarger (below, 24) during Thursday’s win over Lawrenceburg. The dunk was the first of Manaugh’s career, but he also had a career-high 21 points to lead the Cubs in the 69-59 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Tyler Manaugh led four players in double figures to help Class 3A No. 10 Madison fend off upset-minded Lawrenceburg 69-59 Thursday in boys basketball at home.

Manaugh, a 6-foot-7 senior center, scored a career-high 21 points and capped off his night with a two-handed dunk as time expired. It was the first dunk of Manaugh's varsity career.

"It felt great. I finally got a chance to get into the open court," Manaugh said. "It was the last second; I probably shouldn't have done it. But I had to do it. It's senior year."

The Cubs needed every point they could get. Despite leading by as many as 18 in the second half, Madison still found itself in a five-point battle with 25 seconds left.

The main reason was Lawrenceburg's outside shooting. Madison's scouting report on the Tigers said they struggle with the 3-point shot and as a result, the Cubs' defensive plan was to let the visitors shoot. As it turned out, that was a big mistake.

Lawrenceburg (9-7) hit 13-of-31 from beyond the arc. The Tigers knocked down three in the first quarter to quickly erase a 9-point deficit and hit six more in the fourth quarter to stay within shouting distance.

"Their last three games they had really struggled from 3-point range. We even told the kids that it probably means they will get real healthy tonight and they did," Madison coach Pat King said. "We told the kids to close out slow because they can't make it. Well, we obviously had to make some adjustments to that and to their credit, they kept making shots."

Lawrenceburg's ability to knock down the 3-point shot coupled with forcing Madison to play at its pace led to a slow first half. The Tigers pulled even at 19-19 after the first quarter and Madison led just 31-28 at halftime.

Madison (13-3) speeded the tempo up in the third quarter and finally got some breathing room. Three-pointers by Kyle Tucker and Nick Macon staked the Cubs to their largest lead of the night, 50-32, with 17 seconds left in the third. But Mitch Martin hit a trey at the buzzer for Lawrenceburg to cut the margin to 15.

Martin opened the fourth with another 3-pointer. After each side traded points, Tommy Lovins knocked down a trey and the Tigers were inside double digits at 52-43 with 6:49 left.

Madison's main answer to the outside shooting was at the free-throw line. The Cubs hit only three shots from the floor in the fourth quarter - Manaugh's dunk being the last - but knocked down 13 shots from the stripe to keep the Tigers at bay. Manaugh and Perry each accounted for five of the free throws and Carson Wattenbarger hit the other three.

Martin's fifth and final 3-pointer of the night cut the lead to 64-57 with 33 seconds left and Madison turned over the ball on the inbounds and Lovins quickly put the ball in the hoop to cut it to five.

A Wattenbarger free throw and two by Perry pushed lead back to eight and a turnover in the open court led to Manaugh's slam to end the game.

"We practice free throws all the time and we have gotten to the point where we can make them when we need them," Manaugh said. "It showed tonight."

Madison ended up hitting 27-of-34 from the free-throw line compared to just 2-of-8 by Lawrenceburg. It didn't offset the Tigers' massive advantage in 3-pointers, but the free throws came up big in the end.

"I thought the maturity showed. We made some good decisions, hung onto the ball and forced them to foul us," King said. "I think we learned a little from Monday night (against Floyd Central) on time and scoring situations and realized that the free-throw shooters needed to have the ball in their hands. And we did that late."

Manaugh was 7-of-10 from the floor and 7-for-7 from the free-throw line to lead all scorers. He also had seven rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Perry overcame a cold shooting night from the floor to hit 7-of-8 from the line and score 15 points. Wattenbarger was 7-of-8 from the line and had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for an all-around great game. Tucker scored 12 points.

"Tyler had a pretty good game. He actually played more of a four for us, ranging out and had about three long shots while Carson played more of the inside game," King said. "They both did a good job."

Martin scored all of his team-high 15 points from the arc while Adam Harves scored 14 points and Riley Lansing had 13.

Both teams were nearly identical from the floor - 42 percent for Madison and 40 percent from Lawrenceburg - but the Cubs hit twice as many twos (18) as did the Tigers. Madison also dominated the boards 41-29.

The game was Madison's fourth in the past six days and the Cubs played the game without key reserve Willie Huffman, who was sick with the flu. As a result, Manaugh admitted that fatigue is starting to come into play.

"We've got two guys sick and I think it's showing. We're getting wore down," Manaugh said. "But you have to keep battling."

Madison gets a day off today before hosting Class 2A No. 18 Providence on Saturday afternoon, the team's fifth game in eight days.

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THURSDAY'S BOYS GAME

at Madison

CLASS 3A No. 10 MADISON 69,

LAWRENCEBURG 59



LAWRENCEBURG 19 9 7 24 - 59

MADISON 19 12 19 19 - 69



LAWRENCEBURG (9-7) - (g)Martin 15, (f)Harves 14, (f)Lansing 13, Lovins 7, Fette 4, (c)Hennies 4, Bezold 2, Orndorff 0, (g)Kauffman 0.

MADISON (13-3) - (c)Manaugh 21, (g)Perry 15, (f)Wattenbarger 13, (f)Tucker 12, (g)Macon 8, Weaver 0, King 0, Sauley 0.



3-Point Goals - Lawrenceburg 13 (Martin 5, Harves 4, Lansing 3, Lovins 1), Madison 2 (Tucker 1, Macon 1). Rebounds - Lawrenceburg 29 (Kauffman 5), Madison 41 (Wattenbarger 10). Assists - Lawrenceburg 12 (Lansing 3), Madison 13 (Wattenbarger 5). Turnovers - Lawrenceburg 13, Madison 11. Total Fouls - Lawrenceburg 24, Madison 10. Free Throws - Lawrenceburg 2-8, Madison 27-34. Fouled Out - Lawrenceburg: Fette, Harves. Next Game - Lawrenceburg visits Franklin Co. Saturday, Madison hosts Providence Saturday.