Madison Prep outlasts Madison (Ill.) to win title Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-sc
December 24, 2012Madison Senior High School
It was ugly at times, but the first-year boys basketball team from Madison Prep passed another test on Saturday.The Bears have four players plus coach Tony Irons from the Imagine Prep squad that placed fourth in Missouri Class 4 last season before the school closed. This season, the Bears are 4-0 after beating Madison (Ill.) 57-46 in the title game of the Lebanon Thanksgiving Tournament.
"It was a real sloppy game," Irons said. "We wanted to press, but at the same time, they made us play a little wild, too. We had 17 turnovers and that's way too many."
The Trojans (3-1) committed 28 turnovers, including 15 in the first half.
"Our game plan was to play at that tempo and, defensively and effort-wise, we did what we were supposed to do," Trojans coach Jaime Cotto said. "You just can't turn the ball over 28 times and win a game."
The Bears, who led 13-8 after one quarter, boosted their lead to 21-9 on a 3-pointer by Anthony Lee. A layup by Dijon Bryant brought the Trojans within 26-19 at halftime.
The Trojans crept to within 26-22 early in the third quarter on a driving layup by Marquis Borney, but a steal and a layup by Martavian Payne capped a 9-1 Bears run and gave them a 35-23 lead with 4:53 remaining in the quarter.
Eight seconds later, Southeast Missouri State recruit Payne was ejected after picking up his second technical foul.
"It was a physical game and a couple tempers flared, but the guys that were out there got together and they found a way to win," Irons said. "(Payne) was injured at times last year, so we've played without him before."
A layup by the Trojans' Deontay Starnes made it 39-34 with 35 seconds to play in the quarter, but the Trojans couldn't get any closer. The Bears led by six to 10 points throughout the fourth quarter.
"They're a scrappy team and this is my fourth year playing against them," said Irons, who has Baker, Payne, Eric Clark and Miles Nettles from last year's Imagine team. "Their kids are intense and they're going to battle. It's not anybody trying to show anybody up -- it's just the competitiveness of the kids on these two teams."
Baker led a balanced Bears attack with 14 points. Herndon and Lee added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"We just had to slow down and pace ourselves and control the game," Baker said. "We're working even harder to get back where we were last year. We're smaller this year, so we've had to make that adjustment."
With a game-high 16 points, Borney was the only Trojan in double figures.
"We never gave up even though they made a couple runs on us," Cotto said. "They're very good, but I saw a lot of positives. If we had taken care of the ball a little better, we would have been right there."
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