Thursday, December 20, 2018


The third game of the evening saw 24th ranked Madisonville advance to the quarterfinals after escaping with a victory over host Fairdale. The opening three minutes of play were were packed with action as the teams swapped the lead four times with Fairdale's Stephen Moore scoring the first six points for the Bulldogs. A free throw by Moore gave Fairdale their largest lead of the opening quarter at 6-4. Madisonville's Kenny White and Keshawn Stone combined for eight of the next ten points as the Maroons took control with a 14-6 lead. The Bulldogs fought back to cut the lead to three points twice  in the first three minutes of the second quarter. A pair of three-pointers by Stone were key in an 8-3 run for the Maroons to extend the lead to 24-16. A quick spurt by the Bulldogs saw them cut the lead back to three following a three-pointer by Isaac Tedford with three minutes to play in the half. The Madisonville defense held the Bulldogs to just one basket for the rest of the half as they led 33-25 going into the locker room. The third quarter opened with a 13-5 Madisonville run that gave the Maroons a game-high 16 point lead three minutes into the second half. Tedford gave the Bulldogs life just minutes later connecting on three long range baskets to cut the Madisonville lead to 48-42. Fairdale just couldn't maintain the momentum as the Maroons lead quickly grew back to 12 points in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. The Bulldog's defense forced four quick Madisonville turnovers to as the cut the lead to four points on two different occasions midway through the final quarter. Fairdale was plagued by missed baskets in the final four minutes of play missing six straight baskets as Madisonville pushed back ahead 63-52. The Maroons advanced to the quarterfinals with a 67-56 victory. Fairdale was led by Stephen Moore with 15 points and Isaac Tedford with 12 points. Madisonville was led by Keshawn Stone with a game-high 25 points and Kenny White and Ksuan Casey each added a double-double for the Maroons.

Up Next
  • Madisonville will play Collins in the quarterfinals Friday at 6:00pm.
  • Fairdale will play Male in the consolation bracket Friday at 6:00pm.

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