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No. 1 Stunned!
Big game by Macon; Tucker clutch 3-pointer takes down previously unbeaten Greensburg
, Courier Sportswriter
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00 AM
Madison’s Nick Macon (23) and Tyler Manaugh (40) celebrate as Greensburg’s Macy Holdsworth (12) walks away after 12th ranked Madison ended No. 1 Greensburg’s 31-game home win streak 89-87 in OT on Friday night. Kyle Tucker (below center) is hugged by teammate Willie Huffman after hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in the overtime. These and other photos can be viewed at www.madisoncourier.com/photos. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
GREENSBURG - It was fitting that Nick Macon was wearing a T-shirt with a dollar sign on it after the game because the Madison junior was money when it mattered most.
Macon scored 30 of his career-high 34 points in the second half to lead the Cubs to an 89-87 upset win in overtime over No. 1-ranked and undefeated Greensburg on the road on Friday.
Macon was unstoppable in the final two quarters and overtime. He torched whatever Pirate was tasked with guarding him. He hit seven 3-pointers in the second half, including the shot to send the game to overtime. He then set up the eventual game-winner, a 3-pointer by Kyle Tucker with four seconds left in the OT.
All of that after Madison trailed by 21 early in third quarter.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. After that first half, we didn't know what we were going to do," said Macon. "Everybody knew we were capable of coming back. We just wanted come back in chunks. We knew if we could get it to 10 by the end of the third, we would have a chance."
Madison (8-2) did what it could to stay close to the defending Class 3A State Champions, but Greensburg's size and talent just appeared to be too much to overcome.
Northwestern-bound guard Bryant McIntosh and Ball State-bound Sean Sellers had their way with the Madison defense in the first half, and 6-foot-8 junior Ryan Welage couldn't be stopped. On offense, Madison was forced to settle for jumpshots as it shied away from the Pirates' tall trees inside. The result was a 46-30 halftime lead for Greensburg.
If not for the outstanding shooting of Landon Perry in the first half, Madison would have been down more than it was. Perry hit five 3-pointers and scored 19 points in the first half to keep the Cubs in the game.
"Landon is hard to guard. It doesn't seem like it because he's so small," Macon said of his 5-foot-9 teammate. "But he's hard to guard and shoots lights-out."
Greensburg (13-1) opened the third quarter with a lay-up by McIntosh and a 3-pointer from Colin Rigney to increase its lead to 21. But rather than fold, Madison steadied itself and began the long road back.
Tyler Manugh started the comeback with an putback and the Cubs began chipping away. The catalyst for the comeback was Macon, who began draining shots all over the floor.
Macon hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter and his fourth closed the gap to 11 (65-54) at the end of the third.
Perry hit a 3-pointer of his own to open the fourth to close the deficit to under 10. Rigney answered with a 3-pointer of his own to get the margin back over 10, but the momentum had shifted.
Carson Wattenbarger hit a basket and a steal by Perry and a lay-up by Macon closed the gap to seven. A missed shot by Greensburg led to another Macon 3-pointer to close the gap to 68-64 with 6:13 left.
"Greensburg started missing shots in the second half and who's to say why that started happening," Madison coach Pat King said. "I'm not sure it was anything we did. They started missing shots and we started hitting them."
There was little Greensburg could do to stop the momentum. Perry's seventh 3-pointer made it a 3-point game and Alex Weaver took a charge on the other end. Macon then tied the game with a 3-pointer at 70-70 with 4:35 left.
Greensburg answered with an 8-2 run to go ahead 78-72 but Madison came back. Macon's steal and lay-up closed the gap to six but the Cubs suffered a massive blow when Perry picked up his fifth foul with 1:41 to play.
But the Cubs never blinked. Macon drew a foul on a 3-pointer and hit two free throws and Wattenbarger's two free throws made it an 80-78 game with 44 seconds left. Macy Holdsworth hit a shot on the other end to push Greensburg's lead to four, but Willie Huffman got an offensive rebound and a outback to pull Madison back to within two with 12 seconds left.
McIntosh hit just one of two free throws to give Madison a chance. Macon never blinked and hit a 3-pointer from the right side at the buzzer. The ball hit the front of the rim then bounced three feet in the air before swishing through the net to send the game into overtime.
"Nick played a great game. It just had that look in his eye in the second half," King said.
Madison took its first lead of the game on a Macon free throw early in the overtime. After Rigney missed a 3-pointer, Madison burned nearly two and a half minutes in its delay offense that ended when Huffman was called for a charge.
Sellers tied the game with a free throw and moments later, McIntosh hit a free throw to push Greensburg's lead to one. Wattenbarger gave the lead back to the Cubs with a drive and McIntosh took it right back with a short jumper.
Trailing 87-86 with 16 seconds left, Madison set up a play that everybody assumed was coming to Macon. Instead it was Tucker, who had not scored all evening, that got the shot. Tucker never hesitated and drilled the 3-pointer to put Madison ahead by two with four seconds left.
"We were supposed to go inside and Carson was supposed to kick it to one of us," Tucker said. "I don't even know what to say. I'm just so excited."
"That's what Kyle does," King said. "He's a pretty good shooter when he gets his feet set. We had every confidence in him."
Madison still had to play defense. McIntosh took the inbounds and reached the volleyball line but his 3-point attempt hit wide of the rim, setting off a wild celebration of the small Cub student section that made the trip.
"I think this win gives us all the confidence in the world," Macon said. "I really don't think we'll lose the rest of the year."
Macon led all scorers with 34 points on 12-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-14 on 3-point attempts and seven assists. Perry had 27 points on 9-of-14 overall and 7-of-9 on threes. Wattenbarger had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Greensburg shot 57 percent from the floor (31-of-54) and put four players in double figures. Welage had 26 points and 10 rebounds, McIntosh scored 21 points, Sellers scored 18 points and 12 rebounds and Rigney had 15 points.
Madison shot 48 percent from the floor and turned the ball over just six times. The Cubs were 12-of-26 on 3-point attempts and 12-of-15 from the arc.
The Cubs return home today to host Floyd Central. The game will no longer feature homecoming but it is still a key Hoosier Hills Conference contest.
"The important thing for us is to keep this going. The season isn't over," King said. "We still have 10 games left and we don't want this win to be our highlight. We need to stay focused."
FRIDAY'S BOYS GAME
3A No. 12 MADISON 89,
3A No. 1 GREENSBURG 87, OT
MADISON 13 17 24 29 6 - 89
GREENSBURG 25 21 19 18 4 - 87
MADISON (8-2) - (g)Macon 34, (g)Perry 27, (f)Wattenbarger 17, (c)Manaugh 4, (f)Tucker 3, Weaver 2, Huffman 2, Sauley 0.
GREENSBURG (13-1) - (f)Welage 26, (g)McIntosh 21, (f)Sellers 18, (g)Rigney 15, (g)Holdsworth 4, Lawrence 3.
3-Point Goals - Madison 15 (Perry 7, Macon 7, Tucker 1), Greensburg 7 (Sellers 3, Rigney 2, McIntosh 1, Lawrence 1). Rebounds - Madison 27 (Wattenbarger 7), Greensburg 34 (Sellers 12, Welage 10). Assists - Madison 17 (Macon 7), Greensburg 20 (McIntosh 6). Turnovers - Madison 6, Greensburg 13. Total Fouls 1 Madison 22, Greensburg 14. Free Throws - Madison 12-15, Greensburg 18-25. Fouled Out - Madison: Perry. Next Game - Madison hosts Floyd Central tonight, Greensburg hosts South Decatur tonight.
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