RICHMOND — Dominique Hawkins led the way, but he had a bunch of guys right behind him, as No. 5 Madison Central marched past Bryan Station 82-66 in the first round of the boys' 11th Region basketball tournament in EKU's McBrayer Arena on Wednesday night.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard, had 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists to spark the Indians to their 31st victory in 32 games.
Bryan Station had a star in senior guard Jaylen Beckham, who lit up Madison Central for 31 points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
"He's just so quick, he was a one-man wrecking crew," Hawkins of Beckham.
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Hawkins, on the other hand, had lots of help as the Indians beat Bryan Station for the third time this season.
Senior sharpshooter John O'Bryan had 15 points, including 3-for-3 on three-pointers.
Hunter Allen, a 6-6 senior, was terrific inside, getting 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Junior guard Ken-Jah Bosley had all of his 12 points in the second half as Madison Central stretched its lead to as many as 19 points.
Quan Taylor, a 6-5 junior, had seven points and eight rebounds.
Madison Central got a lift from Daniel Parke and Hunter Stocker, who combined for 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Parke also shone as a ball handler against Bryan Station's pressure defense.
Coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said his Indians' second-half zone defense was a key to their breaking the game open. It forced the Defenders to take more perimeter shots.
"Beckham is so quick out front, I thought that was the best way to slow him down," Feldhaus said.
Coming into the game, Bryan Station Coach Mike Allen said his team had to hit from the outside. That didn't happen. The Defenders shot 36 percent, including 5-for-20 from three-point range.
"We had a lot of open looks but just didn't make them," he said.
Madison Central used a 9-0 run early in the second half to build a 44-29 lead. Bryan Station never got closer than 11 the rest of the way. The Indians shot 59 percent.
Beckham got some offensive support from Kenyon Hipps, who had 13 points. The rest of the Defenders shot a combined 9-for-40.
"Beckham had more than 30, but I don't think one player can beat seven or eight like we had contribute tonight," Feldhaus said.
Both teams struggled to adjust to officials from Louisville, who called a tight game and whistled 52 fouls.
BRYAN STATION (12-21) — Beckham 9-19 11-16 31, Williams 1-12 1-2 3, Henry 0-4 0-1 0, Harris 1-1 1-2 3, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Washington 2-5 0-0 6, Allen 2-8 0-1 4, Sweat 1-5 0-0 2, Hipps 6-8 0-2 13, Alcorn 2-2 0-2 4. Totals 24-67 13-25 66.
MADISON CENTRAL (31-1) — Hawkins 10-16 6-9 26, Bosley 3-6 5-7 12, Allen 5-7 2-3 12, O'Bryan 4-7 4-4 15, Taylor 3-6 1-4 7, Parke 2-3 0-0 5, Stocker 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 29-49 19-29 82.
Bryan Station 15 12 18 21—66
Madison Central 18 17 23 24—82