Bulldogs shoot down Elks for district title
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Bulldogs punched their ticket into the Region 3A championship on Friday with an 84-62 win over the Elkton-Lake Benton Elks at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls.|
The game was close in the opening minutes. With the score knotted at 8-8, Elkton-Lake Benton's Braden Carmody hit the third three-pointer for the Elks to put them on top 11-8 with 4:23 left in the period.
A basket by Jacob Giles and one by Trae VandeBerg put the Bulldogs on top 12-11 with 2:50 left in the opening quarter.
Both teams traded baskets and the Bulldogs held 14-13 lead. Madison closed the period with a 7-0 run and held a 21-13 lead after one period.
The Bulldogs never looked back in posting the victory and claiming the District 5A title.
"This was the second straight game where we played extremely well offensively," said Madison Coach Mike Ricke. "We are in a really good rhythm right now and every pass and shot seems to be right on target. When we play this way, we are really tough to beat."
Madison made 33 of 55 field goals, 60 percent, and made 15 of 23 free throws, 65 percent. Elkton-Lake Benton made 22 of 48 field goals, 45 percent, and hit 8-of-19 free throws, 42 percent.
The Bulldogs held the edge on the boards 37-24.
"We continue to take really good care of the ball, with only eight turnovers against ELB," Ricke said. "We seem to be valuing the ball more and taking better shots at better times in each possession."
VandeBerg ended the game with 22 points for the Bulldogs. Mason Sullivan added 15 points and six assists, while Tyler Wiebe scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Jesse Brown scored 13 points and Giles had 12 counters.
"All five starters ended the game in double figures. That is the first time that has happened this season," Ricke said. "That balanced scoring attack is what has made us such a tough team this season. Hopefully it will continue on Tuesday night."
Tyler Schnidler scored 21 points for the Elks. Nick Delaney snared a team-high six rebounds.
Madison (20-2) will face Dell Rapids for the Region 3A championship on Tuesday night at the Elmen Center.
"We face a very tough Dell Rapids team," Ricke said. "Dell Rapids played a great game on Friday to knock off a previously unbeaten Sioux Falls Christian team. It should be another great battle between two good teams with a chance to get to the state tournament."
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