The Madison Central Indians raced out to a 76-53 lead late in the third quarter before holding on to upset Lexington Catholic 101-97 in the quarterfinals of the 11th Region tournament on Tuesday night.
Madison Central (18-9) lost to the Knights 80-65 on Feb. 14 before exacting revenge en route to eclipsing the 100-point plateau for the first time since defeating John Hardin 115-108 in triple overtime on Dec. 7, 2013.
Lexington Catholic (20-3), which was had been one of the favorites to win the KHSAA Sweet 16, finished the season losing three of their final five contests with the other two at the hands of Dunbar in the regular season and the 43rd District title game last week.
Ben Johnson, who is a front runner for Mr. Basketball honors, did all he could do to keep the Knights from falling to defeat, but his 41 points on 11-for-23 shooting was not enough.
Johnson, who will be attending Bellarmine University next season, also drained 6-of-16 3-point attempts and was 13-for-15 from the charity stripe.
Lexington Catholic shot 51.6 percent from the field for the game, but Madison Central was able to use the friendly confines of their home gymnasium for one of the best shooting performances you will see.
The Indians blistered the nets from both inside and outside of the arc knocking down 70.5 percent of their attempts for the game including 77.8 percent in the second half.
Madison Central was 15-for-21 from behind the arc with Jaylen Davis draining 5-of-7 attempts and Will Hardin going 6-for-7.
Indians head coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr., saw four of his player score in the double digits with Davis leading the way with 35 points.
Kole Browne tallied 24 points while Hardin followed closely with 22. Braeden Ray finished with 10 points.
Hardin also hauled in a team-high seven rebounds while Browne led the Indians in assists with seven.
Madison Central used its fantastic shooting to overcome losing the rebound battle to Lexington Catholic by a 29-21 margin.
Lexington Catholic got a great performance from Ryan Russell before he fouled out late.
Russell put up 25 points on 9-of-18 shooting including four 3-pointers and three made free throws to go along with his game-high nine rebounds.
Jack Gohmann, who had a breakout season on the gridiron as the Knights’ quarterback, added 11 points of his own.
Madison Central advances to the region semifinals that will be played at EKU’s McBrayer Arena on Thursday night. The Indians will take on a Franklin County Flyers squad that defeated Henry Clay 51-44.
The Madison Central versus Franklin County game will begin at 8:15 p.m. with the winner taking on either Frederick Douglass or Dunbar in the finals.
Douglass defeated Madison Southern 62-50, and Dunbar cruised by Frankfort 78-54. The Douglass/Dunbar matchup is slate to begin at 5:30 p.m.
The 11th Region championship game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.