The Madison Bulldogs come up just short on the road in Vermillion and fall to the Tanagers, 61-60.
The road woes continue to ail the Bulldogs this season as they fall to 6-7 overall and 2-3 on the road. This marks the third road game in which Madison has allowed a fourth quarter comeback. Doing so in Lennox, Dell Rapids and now Vermillion. The Bulldogs were outscored 64-26 in the fourth quarter in those games.
The Bulldogs began the game on a 12-0 run and had all the momentum, but it slowly but surely became a game after a pair of Tanager timeouts. This game ended up coming down to the final minutes and the lights seemed too bright for Madison with a lead coming into the fourth.
Maintaining that lead most of the night, they let it slip in crunch time. Sending the Tanagers to the line for 13 total foul shots in the fourth quarter alone and they converted 11 of those. The Bulldogs turned the ball over a number of times late in the game to allow the push to be possible by Vermillion.
Bryson Skogsberg tied a game-high scoring mark with 21 points for the Tanagers and four made threes. Following him in scoring was Trey Hansen with 18 points.
Madison finished with a pair of players having season-high scoring nights, but it wasn’t enough. In part due to sending the Tanagers to the free throw line so many times – 30 attempts to be exact. With them making 22 of those 30 foul shots. The Bulldogs ended up with two starters fouling out of the game. Four different Tanagers saw the free throw line three times.
Ben Brooks finished with a season-high 21 points, which tied a game-high in scoring. Elijah Sims had a season-high as well, finishing with 19 points and four made threes. The duo combined for 40 of Madison’s 60 points. It was each player’s most aggressive night of the season offensively.
Next the Madison Bulldogs will remain on the road when they travel to Beresford on Thursday, Feb. 1 to take on the Watchdogs and get back in the win column.