GETERS’ GAME-HIGH 19 POINTS LEADS MADISON PASS COLE IN 3A THRILLER
San Antonio, TX-
Madison started off the game on a quick 8-0 run, courtesy of six consecutive points made by senior forward Rodney Geter. After a layup and free throw by Trey Blackmore, Cole cut the deficit to five. The Trojans went on another run, 7-3, to end the first quarter leading 15-6.
Cole began the second quarter fighting. After a Silas Livingston three ball and Blackmore layup, Cole cut the Madison lead to just two. The Trojans answered back with a fast 6-0 run to extend their lead back to eight with four minutes remaining in the second period.
Madison ended the second period on a 8-4 run to take a double-digit lead into the locker room at half, leading 29-19. They outscored Cole 15-6 in the first quarter, a big reason why they led by ten points at halftime.
The Cougars defense picked up after halftime and their defense led to offense. They made a 14-6 run after sophomore James Livingston hit two three-pointers to cut the deficit to two. Cole made one final push, ending the third quarter on a 7-2 run with Blackmore giving them their first lead of the game, 40-37.
The two teams went back and forth the first 2:30 of the final period. After Silas Livingston made two free throws, the game would be tied at 44 all. A few possessions later he made another big bucket to put Cole up three with 2:52 remaining.
Both teams continued to go back and forth coming up empty on a few possessions until Latrelle Wright stepped into a three ball and knocked it down, tying the game for Madison at 51. After Blackmore was called for a travel, Pierre Hunter would be fouled, forcing him to shoot a one and one bonus free throw. The free throw came off the rim and into the hands of Kardae Hunter as he caught the ball mid-air and laid it in, giving Madison a 53-51 lead with 22 seconds left.
The Trojans would get one last stop on the defensive end, after Blackmore was double-teamed, forcing him to take a tough off-balanced three-point shot for the win.
“I challenged this group since day one. I used to tell them, everybody wants to be ranked number one in the state, but through my experience the number one team in the state has yet to win a state championship. They said they were going to prove me wrong this year and my guys did that,” said Head Coach Damien Mobley.
Dallas Madison are the 3A State Champions, finishing their season with an overall record of 38-7. They take home the 2022 title in the schools 12th State Tournament appearance.