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Argylls stun Tipton with second half rally

BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

Let the hysteria begin and don’t be surprised that Madison-Grant was responsible from creating chaos on the opening night of sectional play in Indiana.

The Argylls entered Tuesday’s Class 2A sectional 39 matchup with No. 4 Tipton at Eastern (Greentown) having been involved nearly a dozen games decided by seven points or less this season, and despite going just 3-8 in those contests, M-G applied all the lessons its learned in the second half against the Blue Devils.

And when sophomore Grant Brown and senior Wyatt Rudy each stepped up and knocked down two free throws in the last 15 seconds on Tuesday night, it put the finishing touches on a stunning 51-48 upset of Tipton.

“The kids stepped up huge tonight - sophomores, seniors - Coop (Isaac Cooper) played all 32 minutes and he hasn’t done anything like that at all all year,” M-G coach Brian Trout told a local radio station. “We still made a couple errors there late when we kind of had a little bit of control of the game and let them get right back in it there but we didn’t wilt. I’m hoping those losses we took at one or two possessions all year really paid off tonight.”

Tipton scored the first seven points of the game and led 14-8 after the first quarter. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 30-20 late in the second before Lance Wilson knocked down a three to pull the Argylls within 30-23 at halftime.

But Madison-Grant locked up the Devils defensively in the third quarter and battled back to a tie the game at 34 entering the final eight minutes.

Senior guard Carson Dolezal scored the first five points in the fourth quarter to put the Blue Devils up 39-34 after a pair of Argyll turnovers, but Grant Brown immediately answered with a steal on one end and a three-point play and then a three pointer to give M-G its first lead of the game at 40-39. Brown would add another three pointer and the Argylls led 45-39 with 4:25 to play.

Tipton ripped off six in a row to again tie it at 45, but M-G took the lead right back on an Isaac Cooper bucket assisted by Brown.

Dolezal hit 1-of-2 free throws but missed a shot that would have give Tipton the lead. Cooper got the rebound and Brown got fouled with 13.2 seconds and hit both ends of a one-and-one.

Dolezal missed again and Rudy got the board and put the final nails in the win with two free throws with 7.1 seconds left giving M-G a 51-46 lead. 

Brown finished with 19 points, Cooper had 12 points and 13 rebounds while Rudy finished with 12. 

Dolezal had 24 points for Tipton.

“The kids wanted it bad, you could see it,” Trout said. “They were battling, they were fighting for everything - every loose ball and every rebound - they really wanted it. They wanted it bad.”

Madison-Grant will face Eastbrook at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the second semifinal at Greentown.