By Justin Bates
For The Herald Bulletin
FAIRMOUNT, Ind. —
The Madison-Grant student section celebrated Silent Night (no cheering) in the first quarter and the Argylls boys basketball team went silent in the second period.
Those second eight silent minutes sunk Madison-Grant as the Argylls lost to Central Indiana Conference foe Blackford 47-42 here on Wednesday night.
During the fateful second quarter, the Bruins outscored the Argylls 11-1 to take a commanding 26-14 lead at the half. Madison-Grant was 0-for-6 from the field, committed six turnovers and was outscored in the paint 10-0 and off turnovers 7-0.
“We shot poorly in the first half and defensively we were poor,” said Madison-Grant coach John Irwin. “We didn’t play with a lot of passion or fire coming into the game. We lost our focus (in the second quarter) and were trying to figure out which big guy was working.”
The Argylls cut the deficit to 34-24 after three quarters and got as close as 36-34 in the final period after a 7-0 run with five minutes remaining. However, Blackford scored the next seven points to put the game away.
Jeremy Johnson led the Argylls with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists, hitting 5-of-17 field goals, including four 3-pointers. Tyler McClellan added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Austin Engle added nine points and Andrew Schwinn chipped in with six points and six rebounds.
Madison-Grant shot just 38 percent from the field, including just 29 percent in the first half. The Argylls hit 6-of-20 shots from 3-point range — accounting for half of their field goal attempts.
“Part of our problem is we aren’t getting anything inside,” said Irwin of the 3-point attempts. “We don’t trust our big guys to throw it in to them. Everyone has to bring it and it’s a commitment to play 32 minutes.”
Blackford shot 52 percent from the field, including 57 in the first half. The Bruins had a 27-21 advantage on the boards and also had the edge in points in the paint (24-18), points off turnovers (7-4), second chance points (13-11).
Madison-Grant (3-5, 1-2 CIC) plays Mississinewa in the Grant Four Tournament at Oak Hill on Saturday at 10 a.m.