The Madison Bulldogs (4-1 overall, 2-0 Region 3A) will be on the road for the last time in 2023 when they take on the Castlewood Warriors in the 30th Annual Michael J. Entringer Scholarship Classic in Brookings, SD.
The Warriors (4-0 overall, 1-0 Region 2B) come into this game with a potent offense that can hurt you in more ways than one. They are a lengthy team, with just two players on their roster under six feet tall. This length gave Flandreau problems on Dec. 20 when Castlewood won 62-57 and came away with 16 steals in the win. They’re also a team that has a number of players who let it fly from deep. The Warriors average 68.8 points per game.
Castlewood went a perfect 11-0 at home last season. The Warriors haven’t lost at home since Jan. 18, 2022 when they lost to Dell Rapids St. Mary, 56-50. This team hasn’t played a home game this season, but the program is currently on a 17-game home winning streak dating back to the 2021-2022 season.
The biggest threats on the floor will be seniors Lane Tvedt and Quincy Thu. Sharpshooers who are active defensively as well. As well as their 6’9” big man, junior Bryon Laue.
Madison comes into this game after a pair of commanding wins prior to the Christmas break. Taking down the likes of Baltic and Deubrook Area. The Bulldogs average 58.6 points per game on offense. It will be a nice test for the Bulldogs against a sharp Castlewood team.
The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Ben Brooks with 12.6 points per game. He is one of two Bulldogs averaging double figures. Along with Andrew Comes with 11 points per game.
Along with putting the ball in the hoop, Madison will have to be sure to take care of the ball and limit turnovers. Both teams are coming off a break from game action. 10 days for Castlewood and eight days for Madison. Conditioning may pose problems today in the matchup for both teams due to the break.
The game is set for tipoff at 4:30pm at Bob Jostad Gym in Brookings, with pregame beginning at 4:20pm on AM 1390 Dakotas Best and on YouTube @KJAMRadioMadison.