With what appeared to be a near capacity crowd, the atmosphere inside EKU's McBrayer Arena on Friday night was as charged as the performances on the court. Madison Central Senior Dominique Hawkins showed why he is a Mr. Basketball candidate. He scored 24 points and pulled down 5 boards in the Indians' 60-56 region semifinal win over Henry Clay.
At halftime, Madison Central had a 29-26 lead over the Blue Devils in part to 10 points each from Hawkins and Ken-Jah Bosley.
Henry Clay made some big plays in the fourth quarter, but if the Indians were at all rattled, it never showed. Hawkins made a huge basket and was fouled to bring the score to 56-55 with 1:36 to go. A clutch steal and layup by Bosley gave Central the one-point lead at 57-56. Trey Grundy went to the line for two with a chance at regaining the lead. He missed one and another after a timeout. Hawkins repeated the process on the other end, only draining his free throws to give the Indians a 59-56 lead. A Teddy Ware three was off target and another trip to the line allowed Hawkins to seal the victory over Henry Clay 60-56.
Ken-Jah Bosley helped lead Madison Central with 18 points and 3 rebounds. He also had 2 steals. Daniel Park added 6 points, 4 rebounds. Quan Taylor chipped in 5 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians.
Junior Jordan Green scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Teddy Ware had 12 points, including 4 three-pointers. Christen Cunningham recorded 8 points and 4 rebounds. Trey Grundy added 7 points and 9 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Madison Central advances to face Lexington Catholic in the finals on Saturday. Henry Clay finished the season with a 23-10 record.
Henry Clay (23-10): 11 15 15 15 56
Green 16, Cunningham 8, Grundy 7, Tichenor 5, Tisdale 6, Ware 12, Newby 2.
Madison Central (27-5): 13 16 14 17 60
Hawkins 24, Bosley 18, Parke 6, Taylor 5, George 4, Walker 3.
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