Madison Preps For Yellowjackets

  • 1/11/2017 1:44:13 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

MADISON TOWNSHIP-  After splitting a double last weekend beating rival Mansfield Senior 53-50, but falling to cross county rival Ontario 49-42, the Madison Ram basketball team stands at 7-4 in all games and 3-2 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference leaving coach Tim Mergel with mixed feelings on the weekend.

"You kinda look at it and ask what kinda weekend was it?  At first, I thought Saturday was a disappointment in the way we played and kinda how we handled situations, but then again looking back for as poor as we played we're still down two going into the fourth quarter.  So we gotta find that way in order to be a good team to get over the hump.  All in all, it was a positive weekend for us other than we didn't get over the hump on Saturday."

The Rams had played rival Mansfield Senior the night before, leaving the team a little fatigued going into the Saturday contest against the Warriors.  "It was really hard, I was tired out there," said Madison guard Shamir Brown. "I could barely breath and then their defense with help side and everything, and they never stop running."

"They are both good teams," says senior guard Colton Butler.  "Any time we beat Senior High that's always a big thing.  We didn't have the same intensity that we had on Friday."

Up next for the Rams is guard heavy Mt.Vernon who comes in at 4-7, Friday. And the Yellowjackets like to live on the arc.

"Oh they can shoot and they are pretty athletic," says Butler.  For Mergel Mt.Vernon's numbers stand out.  "You know when you look at the scouting report and you see 35% shooting behind the arc and 36%, then you have a 40%.  They also like to spread you out and exploit dribble drive lanes."

Asked if it was important to get back to winning after Saturday's loss Brown responded, "Oh yea we want to be high up, we don't want to be just a regular team, we want to be really good."

"Our kids are working hard,"  says Mergel.  We came in this week with a good attitude and everybody is on the right track of what we want to get accomplished."     

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