Back-to-back games are tough for any team. They are even tougher coming off of a disappointing loss.
But the Madison-Grant Argylls did not let their tough defeat to conference foe Mississinewa deter them.
They went back out there and played Argyll basketball on Saturday night, and emerged triumphant, earning their third victory of the season with an 83-60 victory over the Tri-Central Trojans
“The kids – they kind of, mentally, put the Mississinewa game behind them and moved on,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “You have to give the credit to them of being mentally prepared. That’s the thing we talked about Friday night when we got back – we’ve got to put this behind us and find a way to get us mentally prepared to play Saturday night. And they did that. You have to give the credit to do that, because it’s not easy to do.”
Madison-Grant led after the first quarter and never trailed, shooting 57 percent from the floor and scoring 20 or more points in three of the four quarters.
Furthermore, the Argylls did a much better job with ball control, cutting down their giveways significantly.
“We only had 12 turnovers last night,” Trout said. “They pressured us in the second half after we got up, but we didn’t have any issues with it at all last night. We did a lot better job.”
Isaac Cooper led the Argylls with 22 points, while Grant Brown recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. Wyatt Rudy led the team with six rebounds, while Brown and Cooper each finished with five in the victory.
With the annual Grant Four tournament coming up this weekend, Trout is looking for his team to continue building the progress they made against Tri-Central.
“We just have to clean up the things that we have not done well and get better in some of those areas,” Trout said. “We did that last night. We saw some things that we talked about and worked on Saturday morning. We just have to continue to work on those areas and get better during the week.”