Indians hold off Collins for Win
On a cold December night Madison Central welcomed in Collins for a what turned into a heated match-up. Collins (3-1) opened the game in a 2-3 zone to try and contain Central big man Isaiah Cozart. It worked for a couple of minutes as Dustin Geralds scored the game’s first four points. Offensively Collins ran a five out offense, attempting to keep Cozart, last season’s state leader in blocked shots, out of the lane. It didn’t work as the big man had back to back blocks on Collins first two possessions. Geralds had eight points in the opening quarter to help Madison Central (5-0) out to a five point.
The second quarter neither team got much done offensively, Central scored only twelve points in the quarter, nine unanswered, while Collins mustered seven points, Central led at the half 28-18. Geralds led the Indians with nine points and eight rebounds. Cozart had eight points, three rebounds, and five blocks. The zone being used by Collins held Central to just 1-7 behind the arc. Jacob Feltner led Collins with eight points at the half.
The second half began with a three pointer from Nick Fort of Collins to get the lead down to seven points, the teams traded baskets until a Collins player undercut Isiah Cozart and the Indians big man went down hard at the 3:42 mark of the third quarter. Cozart gets up slow and checks out and doesn’t return to the game, Central led 35-28 when he went down. Without the big man in the middle Collins attacked the paint and got within five points but Central scores the final seven points of the quarter.
The fourth quarter was a scoring feast with Collins outscoring Central 28-22 in that frame. Jacob Feltner ends the game with a game high 26 points for Collins. Behind the shooting of Feltner, thirteen points in the fourth, Collins battled back and got within ten points but that is where Isaiah Minter and Dustin Geralds stepped in to take over, the duo scored the final fourteen points for Central and helped hold off Collins by a final of 64-58.
Madison Central was led by Dustin Geralds once again with 19 points and 12 rebounds, Isaiah Minter finished with 16 points and maybe as important for the guard five assists and no turnovers. Before going out of the game in the third quarter Cozart picked up three more block shots to end the game with eight blocks to go along with eight points and five rebounds.
After the game head coach Allen Feldhaus said Cozart would be fine and if this game was later in the season the junior would’ve have returned, early in the season it’s best to error on the side of caution and hold him out. Jacori MIller with eight points and three assists, Quae Chalrton with seven points and eight rebounds off the bench in eighteen minutes of action. Kenyon McKee with six points. Collins was led by Feltner’s 26 points, 4-7 behind the arc, Nick Fort with 14 points, Devion McKnight 10 points and eight rebounds. Dave Kidwell 4 points and Marcellous Vail & Nick Eades with 2 points each.
Central returns to action Saturday afternoon at the Berea Christmas tourney as they face SPIRE Institute (Geneva), OH. The team will play in the two day tournament and then go on the road to Casey County on the 19th. After the Christmas break another couple of tournaments in Rowan County and at Lexington Catholic. Before returning home the Indians continue their long road trip with games at Dunbar, Bryan Station, Male, and regional rival Scott County on January 9th. January 16th marks the return home for the road warriors.
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