They call it Hoosier Hysteria, and for good reason.
Because in the annual boys basketball tournament, anything can happen. Records do not matter, nor do any rankings. If you play your best basketball, you will always have a chance to win.
And on Tuesday night in the Sectional 39 opener, the Madison-Grant Argylls gave everyone a glimpse of that Hoosier Hysteria.
Despite being the underdog, the Argylls rose to the occasion, notching one of the biggest upsets of the year in a 51-48 victory over the No. 4 Tipton Blue Devils.
Tipton got off to strong start, knocking down shots early and building a 14-8 lead after the first quarter of play. But the Argylls kept their composure, making the necessary adjustments on both ends of the floor to close the gap.
Turnovers and miscues allowed Tipton to increase lead back to 10 points, but the Argylls again regrouped, cutting the advantage to 30-23 at halftime.
Madison-Grant dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Devils 11-4 in the frame, before taking the lead in the fourth and final frame. Tipton tied the game back up at one point, but they never regained the lead.
“It came down to our defense in the second half,” Madison-Grant Head Coach Brian Trout said. “We only gave up 18 points in the second half. That’s unbelievable defense. And we held them to 33 percent from the floor for the game. That’s what did it. You know as well as I do that defense wins championships. That’s what did it in the second half.”
The Blue Devils did cut the lead down to one point late in the game, but the Argylls closed the game out, making plays and hitting their free throws down the stretch.
“We had seven games that we lost by one or two possessions, by four points or less,” Trout said. “It really stinks when you are going through it during the season, but I would say that those [lessons] paid off tonight. We did things better tonight down the stretch than we had done during the season.”
Grant Brown led the Argylls with 16 points, while Rudy and Isaac Cooper each came away with 12. Cooper added 13 rebounds to finish with a double-double.