Madison boys basketball ran its win streak to three-straight — all against sectional foes — with two double-digit victories over the weekend.
On Friday, the Cubs pulled away in the second half to beat Scottsburg 71-49 in front of a sparse crowd. On Saturday, Madison headed to Charlestown and came away with a 79-58 win.
The two wins, coupled with a victory over Corydon on Jan. 2, have done a great deal to erase the painful memory of two losses in the Jefferson County Invitational Tournament just before the New Year, but Madison coach Sherron Wilkerson knows that his team still has a way to go to get where it wants to be.
“One of the things you have to learn in life is that you have to adapt because man, things constantly change and you may find yourself in positions that you are not familiar with but if you have the coping skills and can persevere, you typically come out pretty good,” Wilkerson said. “That’s what our kids are going through and have gone through. Every day, even if it’s a small step, as long as you’re moving forward, you continue to build.”
Madison (7-2) had trouble shaking Scottsburg on Friday night, leading only 18-17 after the first quarter. But the Cubs took control from the second quarter on, leading 35-26 at halftime and 56-40 after three quarter to cruise to the win.
The Cubs’ offense hummed all night to the tune of 53% (28-for-53) shooting from the floor overall and 12-of-19 (63%) from the free-throw line. Madison was only 3-of-10 on 3-point shots, but outscored the Warriors 42-20 in the paint and did a good job of attacking the rim.
Jackson Falconberry posted a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead Madison and drew praise from his coach for his play.
“He’s growing into the person that we believe can be a game-changer for us,” Wilkerson said. “He’s athletic, he’s got the body, he’s got the mind, he’s got all of the intangibles and all of the tools. Now, we’re hoping that he continues to grow because he gives us a different element. He’s a game-changer.”
Luke Ommen scored a game-high 17 points and also had eight rebounds for the Cubs while Kaden Oliver had 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and three assists. Nick Center posted an impressive line of eight points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and two steals while Luke Miller had eight points and Parker Jones scored seven.
Treyton Owens scored 15 points and Kody Clancy had 13 to lead Scottsburg (2-8), which shot 39% (20-for-52) from the floor.
Madison wasted little time in seizing control of its game against Charlestown Saturday, jumping out to a 24-14 lead after the first quarter and never looking back. The Cubs led 35-24 at halftime and steadily built that lead over the final 16 minutes.
Luke Miller hit 9-of-13 shots from the floor and 8-of-11 from the arc and scored 31 points to lead all scorers. Jones had 14 points and seven rebounds, Oliver scored 10 points and six assists and Falconberry and Center each scored eight points.
Madison shot a sizzling 63% (29-for-46) from the floor, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range and 10-of-14 from the line. The Cubs also had a 27-18 advantage in rebounding.
Charlestown (2-6) shot 50% (21-for-42) from the floor but was outscored 33-12 from the arc. Chase Benner scored 12 points and Ty Crase had 11 to lead the Pirates.
Madison will open Hoosier Hills Conference play with two road games this week. The Cubs head to Bedford North Lawrence tonight for a varsity-only contest that will begin at 6 p.m. and then travels to New Albany on Friday.