Madison Central Pulls Off a Comeback Championship Win

Nick Roushover 8 years

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[caption id="attachment_129130" align="aligncenter" width="500"](H/t Steve Jones C-J) (H/t Steve Jones C-J)[/caption] For the 3rd time in 7 years, the Boys Sweet 16 championship faced foes from the 11th and 7th regions. Last year Trinity knocked off Scott County 71-53, ending a dominant post-season run. The 2007 showdown turned into a memorable Sweet 16 Finals when Bud Mackey and Scott County, edged past Twany Beckham's Ballard Bruins 56-50. This year the game lived up to the  hype, resulting in Madison Central's first State Title after winning in a thrilling comeback fashion 65-64. UK target Dominique Hawkins scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds, finishing the tournament with 107 total points (12th most all-time), earning him Sweet 16 MVP honors. I was ready to start writing a Ballard victory post after the Bruins went up 16 in the 3rd quarter. Louisville signee Quentin Snider was playing well, hitting a ridiculous shot from 30 feet to end the first half. Then Central came storming back, taking the lead 51-49 with 5:18 to play. The remainder of the game was an intense back-and-forth with a finale that only happens at the "Greatest Show in Hoops". Hawkins went coast-to-coast for a layup to pull Central within 64-62 with 15 seconds to play. Ballard coughed up the ball on the inbounds, giving Ken-Jah Bosley the opportunity to take the lead with a 3-pointer with only 2.2 seconds left on the clock. Bosley finished with 20 points with Quan Taylor pitching in 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Indians.   [caption id="attachment_129120" align="aligncenter" width="300"]After becoming 'this close' to a title in 07, Twany came to Rupp today to support his alma mater. After becoming 'this close' to a title in 07, Twany came to Rupp today to support his alma mater.[/caption]   UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua and Guard  Twany Beckham were 2 of 17,315 in attendance for today's game at Rupp. Coach O had to see some Dominique Hawkins magic one more time; he had seen them all, he couldn't stop once he go to the Finals. If Coach O served as Hawkins' good luck charm, Twany may have been Ballard's bad luck charm, suffering a loss similar to his last high school game in 07.   @RoushKSR    

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2021-09-22