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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 3:12 pm

After a pair of sluggish offensive games to start the 2019 Class A State Boys Basketball Tournament, the Madison Bulldogs found the offensive touch on the last day of the tournament.

The Bulldogs hit 25-of-41 field goals, 61 percent, and earned a 70-60 win over the Hot Springs Bison to place seventh.

Trailing 5-2, the Bulldogs went on a 4-0 run to grab their first lead of the game, 6-5. Hot Springs made a 6-4 run to regain the lead, 11-10.

Behind the perimeter shooting of Keaton Nighbert, the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to end the first quarter with a 16-13 lead. Nighbert hit two three-pointers to close the period.

Madison started to pull away from the Bison in the second quarter and the lead ballooned to 32-20 by halftime. The Bulldogs hit a sizzling 55 percent from the field, 11-of-20, in the first half.

Madison's lead grew to 26, 56-30, at the end of the third period as the Bulldogs outscored Hot Springs 24-13.

Hot Springs nailed six three-pointers in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough. Madison won its 16th game this season.

"This was huge for us. We wanted to go out on a winning note," said Madison senior Doyle Brown.

Madison made 13-of-14 from the charity stripe, 92 percent. The Bulldogs pulled down 24 rebounds and committed 12 turnovers.

Nighbert finished the game with 17 points, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. Cody Brown added 14 points and four assists for the winners. D. Brown had 11 counters, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Nic Comes and Caileb Reilly each had three assists.

Hot Springs made 22-of-51 field goals, 43 percent, and 4-of-8 free throws, 50 percent. The Bison pulled down 23 rebounds and committed 12 turnovers.

Kelton Harris poured in 20 points for Hot Springs. Matt Norton added 16 counters. Thane Lockhart chipped in with 10 points and had six assists. Alex Bilbruck snared eight rebounds.

"We came out and defended them well," D. Brown said.

"We wanted to win the last game of the season and be one of four teams to win the last game," said Madison Coach Jeff Larsen. "They were self-motivated and they played extremely hard."

Madison closed the season with a 16-9 overall mark.

Seven Madison seniors played their last game on Saturday: Comes, D. Brown, Reilly, Jerett Lurz, Bear Shipley, Thomas Gors and Johnny Ricke.

"The experience at the State Tournament will be big for the underclassmen," said Larsen. "They know what they need to do to get back here."

St. Thomas More 58, Madison 43

St. Thomas More held Madison to just one point in the second quarter and built a 29-14 halftime lead. The Cavaliers went on to post a 58-43 win in the consolation semifinals on Friday.

A three-point play by Tyler Tappe gave the Bulldogs a 13-11 lead in the first quarter, but it didn't last long.

Ryder Kirsch put the Cavaliers back on top 16-13 with three free throws with no time left on the clock. The Cavaliers outscored the Bulldogs 13-1 in the second quarter to open up a 15-point halftime lead.

Despite scoring 13 points in the third period, the Bulldogs trailed by 18, 45-27.

Madison pulled to within nine, 43-52, after Comes drained a field goal with 2:45 left in the game. The Cavaliers went on a 6-0 run to close the game.

Madison made 19-of-56 field goals, 33 percent, and 2-of-5 free throws, 40 percent. The Bulldogs grabbed 34 rebounds and committed 15 turnovers.

Comes, D. Brown and Nighbert each had eight points for Madison. D. Brown also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Comes grabbed five rebounds and had three assists. Jerett Lurz added seven counters and C. Brown snared a team-high nine rebounds.

St. Thomas More made 22-of-50 field goals, 44 percent, and 6-of-7 free throws, 85 percent. The Cavaliers grabbed 32 rebounds and committed 13 turnovers.

Ryan Wojcik tossed in 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out four assists for the Cavaliers.

All-Tournament Team

Madison's Doyle Brown was named to the 12-player All-Tournament Team, which is voted on by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association. Brown ended the state tournament with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals.

Other players named to the All-Tournament Team included Colin Rentz, sophomore, Dell Rapids; Brock Anderson, senior, Lennox; Corey Brown, senior and Halen Bad Bear, senior, Pine Ridge; Ryder Kirsch, junior and Ryan Wojcik, sophomore, St. Thomas More; Mitchell Goodbray, senior and Gavin Schipper, senior, Sioux Falls Christian; and Justin Hohn, senior, Noah Freidel, senior, and Kaleb Joffer, senior, Tea Area.

Corey Brown of Pine Ridge was the Spirit of Su Award winner while the Lennox cheerleaders were the Spirit of Six award winners.

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