MADISON, NJ - The Madison High School boys basketball team lost a 61-60 heartbreaker to Mountain Lakes Monday afternoon. But the Dodgers may have gained something out of the gut-wrenching defeat: The Dodgers found out that they are not good enough to just show up and expect to win.
"We had a great season and the kids should feel proud" coach Joe Reel said. "We have had a different leading scorer pretty much every night, but what our calling card has been is that we have played great defense, limiting open shots and rebounding. We have had a great season but we didn't play with the same urgency today ".
The Dodgers (10-2), who won the NJAC-Freedom regular-season crown, held a 22-13 first-quarter lead over the Lakers but couldn't finish the game with the lead.
Lakes outscored Madison in the second half, 31-22.
"Maybe because it was a 4 o'clock game on a Monday afternoon", Reel said. "Maybe this will be a good wakeup call for the games we have this week (at Mendham Wednesday, home to West Morris Thursday). Maybe losing was a wakeup call for us. You can't just roll out the balls and expect to win".
Brendan Mariani had 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks for Madison. Andrew Stack had 18 points and seven rebounds. Cy Bowen had 11 points.
Riley Albregts had 29 points for Mountain Lakes (5-3).
Madison had defeated Mountain Lakes, 57-46, on Feb. 20