Coming off two straight losses against Northwestern and Wabash to start their season, the Madison-Grant Argylls landed in the win column for the first time in the 2019-2020 campaign on Friday night, putting together a complete performance in an 80-57 rout of the Wes-Del Warriors in their home opener.
Earlier in the week, there were fears that starting point guard Grant Brown would be unable to play. According to Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout, Brown sprained his ankle badly in practice on Wednesday.
But after sitting out of practice on Thursday, and after testing the ankle on both Thursday and Friday before the game, Brown deemed he was ready to play,
“That was a huge boost for the whole team,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “Coming into tonight, we didn’t think we’d have him. It was huge.”
With Brown running the offense, Madison-Grant shot the ball well throughout the contest, knocking down 33 of their 57 shots (58 percent), which included a 6-of-12 mark from the perimeter.
Furthermore, after giving up 18 points in the first quarter, the Argylls gave up just 22 points in the second and third frames, which helped them build their comfortable cushion.
“The team played unbelievable on both ends of the floor,” Trout said. “We finally put a complete four quarters together and played really, really well. Wes-Del, they were coming in on a high. They won two games really, really big to start the season. I was very pleased on both ends of the floor.”
The first quarter was close, as both teams found success on the offensive end of the floor. Armed with a 20-18 advantage, Madison-Grant began to pull away in the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors 17-11 behind some strong play from sophomore Seth Lugar
“In the half-court in the second quarter, Seth was really getting to the rim, and that really caused [Wes-Del] problems defensively,” Trout said. “They didn’t know where to turn from there. We were getting to the rim in the half-court, we were able to kick it out and get some good looks on the perimeter, and we were able to get out in transition.”
Madison-Grant took control of the contest in the third quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 16 points.
“We put up 28 points in the third quarter, and it was due to our defense,” Trout said. “We were getting tips, we were getting steals, we were getting rebounds, and we were just running the floor. Any time you put up 28, you are getting some easy looks.”
The Argylls kept the pedal down in the fourth, scoring 15 more points to secure the 23-point victory.
Kaden Howell led the Argylls with 25 points on nine-of-12 shooting, while Justin Moore finished with 14. Both Brown and Lugar collected 13 points in the Argylls’ triumph.