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Bobcats Looking Forward to Back to Back games against Utah

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Madison looks to get their first win since a 74-53 victory over Idaho Falls.

Madison looks to get their first win since a 74-53 victory over Idaho Falls.

Tyler Jones

Tyler Jones

Madison looks to get their first win since a 74-53 victory over Idaho Falls.

Cambree Ivie, Sports Reporter

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The Madison boys basketball team is trying to recover from their two-game losing streak. The Cats lost in overtime to Boise 66-57 and then came up short to Borah 57-44 last weekend. Head Coach Travis Schwab said, “We were so tired we turned our switches off.”

The team will try to put those games behind them as they prepare for the back-to-back games coming up against two Utah schools. Madison will play the Clearfield Falcons on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Syracuse Titans on Saturday at noon. One obstacle the Bobcats may face on the Saturday game is Syracuse point guard, Brock Gilbert. Gilbert started out as a freshman on varsity and is now a senior and has even signed to play for UC Davis. Apparently, there is “no pressure” on the three Madison seniors Cameron Webster, Brigham Williams, and Joe Dougherty.

After losing all of the starters from last season, Madison is ranked last by almost everyone in Southeast Idaho. The Bobcats are hoping to prove everyone wrong this season by showing that this team is just as good as last season’s. The coaches have not decided what the starting lineup will look like this weekend. The combination of the three seniors with juniors Spencer Hathaway and Jordan Porter seemed to work for the first game of the season against Idaho Falls when Madison jumped into a 17-2 lead in the first quarter.

In Boise last week, Madison was 4-24 at the three-point line. Schwab plans on working on getting more shots up and also rebounding during practice for the next few days. Since the Bobcats are not a tall team, rebounding is a bit of an issue, but Schwab said that they “work their tails off,” and “the hustle is what we look for.” Although, Dougherty did have a double-double in those games. Williams, one of the three seniors, is a leader on the court and off the court, and sets the tone for the team. Williams is often relied on during intense situation, according to

Hathaway said, “Brigham is our leader. So during those types of situations, he is who we go to.”

With these two games being the second and third home games so far, the pressure is on the Bobcats to be able to get out of their losing rut and win in front of their wild student section.

 

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