The Madison Bulldogs (1-0 overall) return to action and will play the back end of a doubleheader against the Tri-Valley Mustangs.
The Mustangs come into the game with an athletic group that plays inside out. They have their own big man inside, senior Trey Johnson, that matches the 6’7” height of Ben Brooks. He holds down the interior and is definitely a rim protector.
Tri-Valley finds their shooters outside, but have yet to be efficient from deep. Shooting a mere 17% from three against Parkston. They also struggle at the charity stripe, making only 42% of their free throws against the Trojans. If they can begin to connect from beyond the arc, it’ll be a handful.
They’re on the back end of a back-to-back and they were just dominated by Tea Area last night, 58-36. So they may already be showing signs of tired legs. No statistics are out yet from that game.
Brandon Feterl is the head coach of the Mustangs, in his fourth season. He is 21-42 overall and 9-17 in region 3A play.
The Bulldogs come in off an impressive showing in their debut. Though they allowed what was once an 18 point lead, to finish within single digits due to allowing 27 points in the fourth. Andrew Comes leads in scoring after one game with 14 points in the opener. Followed by Ben Brooks with 13 points and Myles Schneider with 11.
Brooks also leads in rebounding after tallying 13 in the season opener. Charles Callahan is the Bulldogs leader in assists with four. Madison shot just 13-for-22 from the charity stripe in their opener. So aside from keeping their foot on the gas offensively, FT’s are an area that needs improvement.
This team is best when it plays fast, moves the ball and is aggressive looking to score. Recently, Tri-Valley has shown some chinks in the armor and with slightly more fresh legs, the Bulldogs need to take advantage of a tired team.
The game is set for tipoff at approximately 8pm tonight, with pregame at 7:50pm on AM 1390 Dakotas Best.