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44TH DIStRICT BOYS TOURNAMENT: Indians roll past Model, 86-41

Feb. 26—Madison Central coach Allen Feldhaus was extremely disappointed with his team's effort in the second half of a loss to Covington Catholic last week in the regular-season finale.

"It was embarrassing, truthfully," he said of a 78-46 setback at home. "I think the players felt the same way."

Three days later, the Indians (10-21) were back on the court.

And they put together one of their best all-around performances of the season.

Luke Asher had 13 points and eight rebounds as Central rolled past Model Laboratory (10-21) in the opening round of the 44th District Tournament at Alumni Coliseum. Cody Morrison had 12 points and Landon Ray added 11 points and seven steals.

The Indians forced 28 turnovers, which led to 42 points, and hit 13-three-pointers as they set a new season-high for points.

The game was tied (13-13) after the opening period, but the Indians out-scored the Patriots 23-4 in the second quarter (forcing 10 turnovers).

"We switched our press after the first," Feldhaus said. "Our 2-2-1 was definitely the difference."

The Indians have struggled offensively this season.

They headed into the postseason averaging just 53.9 points a game and had not scored 70 or more points in their last 10 games.

On Monday, Central shot 50 percent from three-point range, shot 47.7 percent overall from the field and had 10 players score.

The Indians also had 22 assists.

"It helps when you hit some threes," Feldhaus said. "I just liked the way we moved the ball. We made some extra passes, and I always tell them that when you make an extra pass, those shots just seem to go in."

Will Richardson, Cam Steele and Eli Steele each had nine points. Ricky Goatley had eight points and four assists. Joe Powers and Christian Lawson had six points each.

Maddox Hamilton added three points.

Dylan Crockett had 20 points and four rebounds for Model. Harrison Parkhurst had seven points. Jackson Little and Riley Mollette each had four points.

Layton Coleman had two points and Maddox Marks had one point.

Model shot 47.1 percent from the field, but had just 34 field-goal attempts.

The Indians move into the title game and will face Madison Southern (21-9) on Friday at Alumni Coliseum.

"We just want to relax and play," Feldhaus said. "We are not going to be the favorite, we will be a big underdog. and we are not used to being in that role."