Imagine when Madison Prep Academy actually finds its groove.
The Chargers, who welcomed back All-American guard Josh Anderson from an injury, don’t appear very far from striking such a chord.
Madison Prep unleashed its smothering pressure defense and jumped out to an early lead en route to a 86-34 victory over Jehovah-Jireh in Wednesday’s final game of the Fifth Annual MPA Classic tournament.
“We were just trying to develop a little continuity because it will get tougher as it goes on,” MPA coach Jeff Jones said. “We’re also trying to establish an identity because this team right now really doesn’t have one.”
McKinley rallied from a one-point third quarter deficit to advance past Lake Area New Tech 72-54, while Southern Lab roared past East Feliciana 70-59 in other action.
MADISON PREP 86, JEHOVAH-JIREH 34: The Chargers, who scored the game’s first seven points, established a 13-2 lead before taking a 23-4 advantage after the first quarter.
Jamel Robinson scored eight of his 13 points in the first quarter, while Edwon Brady also scored 13.
MPA (8-3) had 13 players who scored in the first half alone, building a 52-16 cushion at halftime.
Jaron Davis scored 11 and Trenton Payne 10 for Jehovah-Jireh (10-7) which trailed 73-22 after three quarters.
SOUTHERN LAB 79, EAST FELICIANA 50: The Kittens (7-3) raced to a 17-2 lead five minutes into the game with Dexter Dennis scoring nine of his team-high 19 points during that stretch.
East Feliciana (2-4) narrowed the gap to 30-21 lead midway through the second quarter. Cedric Anderson Jr. scored 11 of his team-best 19 points in that span.
Southern Lab opened a 40-27 halftime lead and stretched that to 63-39 heading into the fourth quarter, capped by Dennis’ three-point play with 30 seconds left.
Guard Brenden Vessel added 15 points for the Kittens, while Tredarius Carr had 11 for the Tigers.
McKINLEY 72, LAKE AREA NEW TECH 54: Deandre Lee’s two free throws at the 7:46 mark of the fourth quarter gave McKinley a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
McKinley outscored Lake Area (6-5) 25-6 in the final quarter, holding the Leopards without a field goal until there was 1:31 remaining.
Russell Daniels topped McKinley with 17 of his 22 points in the second half, while Tyrese Radford added 13.
Ellis Magee led Lake Area with 18 points, including 11 in the third quarter that resulted in a 48-47 lead.