By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Madison Central Indians dismantled the overmatched Berea Community Pirates 83-36 Tuesday at McBrayer Arena to advance to the championship game of the 44th District Tournament.
The Indians scored the game’s first 14 points before Trey Terrill finally got Berea on the board with a three pointer with four minutes left in the quarter.
Central’s full-court press forced Berea into seven turnovers that the Indian’s turned into points on their way to a 32-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Berea fought back with their younger players on the floor in the second period to cut the lead to 44-22 before the Indians scored the final 16 points of the quarter to extend their lead to 60-22 at the half.
Central coach Allen Feldhaus said he was pleased with the business-like approach his team took against the Pirates.
“You want to make sure your guys are in a good frame of mind and focused, which I thought we were early in the game,” Feldhaus said. “They took the game serious. I told them we needed to be business-like in what we did and to just play hard and do our stuff and we did. We wanted to go as hard as we could with our pressure and once we got the lead we backed it up to half court.”
Central’s Ken-Jah Bosley led all scorers with 18 points, while Hunter Stocker added 12 for the Indians, Dominique Hawkins and Demarcus George had 10 points each, Sam Jones and Cameron Thomas had eight points each, Quan Taylor finished with seven points, Chris Conner had four points, and Daniel Parke, Griffin Hotchkiss and Kirkland Humphrey had two points each.
Senior Daniel Hubbard led the way for Berea with 12 points and four rebounds, while Terrill and Austin Warford had five points each, Alexander Shylem had four points, Neil Claytor and Bradley Adkins had three points each and Andy Allen and Deondre Tate had two points each.
Central scored the first five points of the third quarter and from that point on the game was played with a running clock.
Feldhaus said he likes the running clock rule for games like Tuesday’s.
“I hate games like this. The running clock is good for everybody,” Feldhaus said. “I’ve been on both ends of games like this and believe me it’s not fun. I think that is one of the best rules they’ve done.”
Berea coach Cameron Jackson said he thinks Central is the best team in the state and it was a good learning experience for his young team to play them.
“They have all the pieces to win the state tournament. They are a great team and it was great for my young guys to get on this floor in a tournament atmosphere against one of the top teams in the state,” Jackson said. “Those freshmen won’t see any talent like this anywhere but in the state tournament. They did well in the game and I think that is going to bode well for next year and years to come.”
Central will play the winner of Thursday’s Madison Southern and Model game in the championship game of the 44th District Tournament on Friday.