Two cross-county rivals, Madill and Kingston, fought a defensive battle December 10 inside Kingston’s KMAC. The hosts prevailed 40-32 in overtime.
The visiting Madill Wildcats took a 21-15 lead at halftime before the hosts came back to tie the game 32-32 at the end of regulation.
Kingston outscored Madill 8-0 in the overtime period.
Kingston improved to 1-0 on the season while Madill fell to 4-1.
After the game, Madill boys head basketball coach Brett Weiberg gave his take.
“You know, it’s an allaround deal,” he said. “We feel like we had a chance to win the game. Obviously by the score we did.”
Weiberg said games like this turn on things like boxing out on defensive rebounds and making free throws.
“The players have to make a few plays and make a few shots,” he said “The kids put themselves in position to win but we’ve gotta make those winning plays and decisions. We just didn’t do it.”
The Madill head man gave credit to the hosts.
“Credit to Kingston,” he said. “They made some big plays and stops. The result is what it is.”
The battle for the shoe began with the following players on the court:
Starting for the visiting Wildcats at guard were senior Aron Vann, junior Miguel Duran and sophomore Ezekiel Fuentes. Meanwhile the forwards were seniors Wyatt Gray and Trent Harvey.
Meanwhile starting for Kingston were guards senior Kaden Johnson, junior Marshall Ludrick, sophomore Brady Brister and sophomore Dakota Wiebener and junior forward Drew Capps.
Madill’s top scorer was Duran with 13 points. Harvey had six points. Asa Robertson, Fuentes and Vann each scored three points.
Gray and Lolo Ortega had two points apiece while Maxey scored one point.
Leading the way for Kingston were Johnson with 14 points, Jase Hayes with 13 points, and Brister with 11 points. Marshall Ludrick rounded out the Redskin scoring with two points.
The halftime score was Madill 21, Kingston 15.
Kingston cut Madill’s lead to 28-24 in the third quarter.
Kingston outscored Madill 6-1 to start the fourth quarter to get a 30-29 lead with 4:31 to go in fourth quarter.
Following a Madill timeout, Gray received the ball, went inside and found Robertson who was fouled on his shot. Robertson missed the first free throw but made the second to knot the score at 30-30.
A foul was called against Hayes on Harvey with 2:01 to go in the fourth quarter. Harvey made both shots to give Madill a narrow 32-30 lead.
Madill got the ball back with 1:33 to go after a missed free throw. A foul sent Harvey to line with 1:25 to go. The divided crowd roared both before and after each shot.
A foul by Duran sent Weibener to the line for a one-and-one which he missed. Kingston was able to retain possession and eventually Hayes muscled his way in to score and tie the game at 32-32.
Madill took a full timeout with 35.4 seconds to go.
After some dribbling and a few passes the Redskin defense forced the Wildcats to take another full time out with 11.5 seconds to go.
The Wildcats ran another play as the inbound pass went to Fuentes who dribbled to the arc. He heaved a desperation three which clanged off the front iron which sent the game to overtime.