Madison Southern returned home for the first time in nearly a month and faced a Frederick Douglas team that brought a lot of pressure. In the pregame interview with WBONTV Head Coach Austin Newton was a little concerned with the pressure that the Broncos would bring but his Eagles came into the game ranked #29 in the state in free throw percentage at 70.9% led by Chad Fugate who is 3rd in the state in free throws at 90.7%
The Eagles and Broncos both had trouble in the opening half with turnovers and finding the basket. The first quarter saw three ties and five lead changes with the Eagles leading 15-14 after one. Jonah Wooten led Madison Southern with six points in the quarter. The second quarter Madison Southern opens on a 6-0 run to take a 21-14 lead but Douglas answers with their own 8-2 run highlighted by back to back three pointers to pull within a point at 23-22. The two teams traded baskets but a 5-0 run to end the half saw the Eagles take a 37-31 lead into the break. At halftime Coach Newton was concerned with the number of fouls his team had racked up and the pressure was bothering his team. Trent Moberly led Southern with 13 point at halftime.
Frederick Douglas opened the second half scoring the first four points to get within a basket and took the lead behind a three pointer at the 4:09 mark at 42-41. It was the sixth lead change in the game. With 3:42 left in the third Southern ties it up for the fourth time 43 all but a quick three for the Broncos put them back on top. The third quarter saw four ties and five lead changes alone. It would be an omen to what was to come. We were tied at 51 after three quarters of play.
The fourth quarter saw the Eagles hit a three pointer to start but Douglas rattled off ten in a row to take a 59-54 lead with 5:02 left. Madison Southern lost their starting point guard Britten Robinson to a foul out with 5:36 left in the game. Down five Trent Moberly hits a three and after a Douglas basket Chad Fugate with another three pointer to pull the home team to within a point at 61-60 with 3:54 left in regulation. In what became a game of free throws late the Eagles and Broncos both missed some crucial ones but with 9.4 seconds left and his team down two points Trent Moberly stepped to the line and knocks down a pair to give Madison Southern a 68-66 lead. Douglas with one last chance misses a shot but has they had all game long got an offensive rebound and as the buzzer sounded Senior Monteavan Bean with the game tying basket to send the game to overtime. To start overtime Josh Reynolds was fouled and missed two free throws and the Broncos took advantage scoring six straight to start the OT until Walt Smith knocked in a free throw with 1:27 left in the OT. Leading 77-71 Douglas thought they had the game in hand but a Josh Reynolds three makes it a one possession game at 77-74. Douglas would knock down their free throws to hold off the comeback attempt and win the game 80-74.
For Madison Southern they ended the game with 23 turnovers. They shot 23-32 from the free throw line going 3-6 in the overtime from the line. Moberly leads the way with 26 points, Chad Fugate adds 17, Samuel Lee 9 points. Britton Robinson with 7 points, Jonah Wooten 6 points, Josh Reynolds 5 points and Walt Smith with 5 points. The Eagles falls to 8-8 on the season and return to action Friday night at home against Montgomery County.