It was a wild conclusion to a wild game, as Madisonville fell on the road Friday night in Athens, 61-56.
“Great atmosphere for a high school basketball game; it gets crazy when you have two teams that are getting after it, nobody wants to lose, so both teams give it their all the entire time and that lends to a crazy environment,” Madisonville co-coach Brad Taylor said after the loss.
Madisonville trailed 28-24 at the half, and kept the game close heading into the fourth quarter. Athens outscored the Mustangs 21-19 in the final period of regulation eking out the win.
“Unforced turnovers towards the middle of the third quarter killed us,” said Taylor.
Tommy Holiday led the team in scoring recording another double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Porter had 10 points and both Sam Bennett and Kasey Williamson had six points.
“I thought the team came out ready to play,” said interim Coach Russell Smith. “We lost a little focus in the third quarter and fell into playing their style of game, but the team battled back in the fourth,” he said. “You have to give Athens credit for making their free throws down the stretch – that sealed the win for them.”
The Mustangs dropped to 2-3 in district with the loss and 19-9 overall on the season. Madisonville will host Fairfield Friday at home for senior night. Tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.