Madison Holds Off Marshall

Madison guard Rob Schenck is double-teamed by Marshall's Daniel Dixon, top, and Jordan Colbreath.
Madison guard Rob Schenck is double-teamed by Marshall's Daniel Dixon, top, and Jordan Colbreath. (By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)
By Paul Bergeron
Special to The Washington Post
Friday, February 17, 2006

Madison guard Rob Schenck spent the past couple of days at home sick with the flu. During the same time, his teammates grew sick of hearing about how they couldn't beat Liberty District foe Marshall.

All the Warhawks felt better after last night's Liberty District semifinal at South Lakes. After losing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead, the top-seeded Warhawks topped the Statesmen, 55-52. Schenck hit two free throws with 1 minute 18 seconds to play and made a key steal under the basket with his team leading 54-52 with 13 seconds left.

"Yes, a win makes you feel better, especially a close one," said Schenck, who finished with seven points.

Second-seeded South Lakes (16-7) will host Madison (20-4) in the boys' final tonight at 8. The Seahawks beat W.T. Woodson, 70-56, in last night's other semifinal.

South Lakes lost twice to Madison in the regular season. Marshall (16-8) and Woodson (16-7) both advance to next week's Northern Region tournament.

The key defensive play came when Schenck stole a pass inside intended for Statesmen guard Daniel Dixon, who scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter. Dixon's bucket with 1:19 remaining had tied the game at 50.

Schenck followed with two free throws and a basket by Jon Ogolo made it 54-50. Ogolo had 11 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 20.

"They are a good team, but we're the better team," said Madison Coach Chris Kuhblank. "There's no way the better team loses three times in a row [to the same time] in one season."

Said Ogolo, "They beat us twice, but we're happy, because this was the most important of the three games."

In the second game, South Lakes recovered from a slow start and rode a big second quarter to its fifth win in six games.

Junior center Julian Vaughn (28 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks) helped the Seahawks outscore the defending district tournament champions 23-8 in the second quarter to take a 35-26 halftime lead. South Lakes center J.P. DePaso scored six points in the quarter and the 6-foot-10 Vaughn hit one of his two three-point tries in the quarter.

"We're understanding our total roles on the floor," said South Lakes Coach Wendell Byrd. "We're getting the inside-outside scoring from Julian and the others."

Seahawks guard Gareth Bossard scored 14 points and Monte Smith and Dederick Johnson each added five.

Brian Boehling led the Cavaliers with 17 points and Jeff Beyer added 13.

Game 1: Madison 55, Marshall 52 Game 2: South Lakes 70, W.T.Woodson 56 Making It Count: Madison's Jon Ogolo scored 20 points last night, more than he scored in both regular season games against Marshall combined.

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