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Madison Central Pulls Off a Comeback Championship Win

(H/t Steve Jones C-J)

(H/t Steve Jones C-J)

(H/t Steve Jones C-J)

For the 3rd time in 7 years, the Boys Sweet 16 championship faced foes from the 11th and 7th regions. Last year Trinity knocked off Scott County 71-53, ending a dominant post-season run. The 2007 showdown turned into a memorable Sweet 16 Finals when Bud Mackey and Scott County, edged past Twany Beckham’s Ballard Bruins 56-50. This year the game lived up to the  hype, resulting in Madison Central’s first State Title after winning in a thrilling comeback fashion 65-64. UK target Dominique Hawkins scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds, finishing the tournament with 107 total points (12th most all-time), earning him Sweet 16 MVP honors.

I was ready to start writing a Ballard victory post after the Bruins went up 16 in the 3rd quarter. Louisville signee Quentin Snider was playing well, hitting a ridiculous shot from 30 feet to end the first half. Then Central came storming back, taking the lead 51-49 with 5:18 to play. The remainder of the game was an intense back-and-forth with a finale that only happens at the “Greatest Show in Hoops”. Hawkins went coast-to-coast for a layup to pull Central within 64-62 with 15 seconds to play. Ballard coughed up the ball on the inbounds, giving Ken-Jah Bosley the opportunity to take the lead with a 3-pointer with only 2.2 seconds left on the clock. Bosley finished with 20 points with Quan Taylor pitching in 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Indians.


After becoming 'this close' to a title in 07, Twany came to Rupp today to support his alma mater.

After becoming ‘this close’ to a title in 07, Twany came to Rupp today to support his alma mater.


UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua and Guard  Twany Beckham were 2 of 17,315 in attendance for today’s game at Rupp. Coach O had to see some Dominique Hawkins magic one more time; he had seen them all, he couldn’t stop once he go to the Finals. If Coach O served as Hawkins’ good luck charm, Twany may have been Ballard’s bad luck charm, suffering a loss similar to his last high school game in 07.





Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Madison Central Pulls Off a Comeback Championship Win

  1. Ridge Runner
    3:32 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    A Kentucky HS Classic & what a comeback down by 16pts for Madison Central. Bosley’s shot heard around the Bluegrass and Hawkins was a stud.

  2. Blue Jesus
    4:53 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    That game was so awesome! Offer him Cal, he deserves it!

  3. Jay Dub
    5:47 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

  4. bluristhurr
    7:01 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Was he the guy that was going to IU and got in trouble?

  5. martha
    8:35 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure Hawkins doesn’t want to be compared to a convicted criminal. Mackey is a disgrace to Kentucky High School basketball

  6. Fire Raner
    5:18 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    No coach in the state has lost with as much talent as Ballards coach. He terrible! Watched Ballard play Mason Co. When loften was there and totally played the wrong D on Loften. That team had Bush and maybe Adam Chiles on it should never have lost to Mason Co !

  7. Macey could play
    5:20 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Mackey no dought is a criminal who blew it, but the kid could play! What a waste of god given ability!

  8. Macey could play
    5:23 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Any body who honks Hawkins can play at UK is crazy.
    2) don’t get confused if he ever playes for UK it will be as a walk on! No way he is a SEC caliber player! He’s not even 1 of the top 10 players in the state!