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Wakefield turns back Madison to remain unbeaten

December 20, 2018

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield used an impressive defensive effort to turn back the Madison boys basketball team Tuesday night in game in which both teams have had impressive starts to the season.

With the 57-40 win, Wakefield improved to 6-0 the season, while Madison dropped to 4-3 after starting the season with four straight wins.

“We are hanging our hat on defense,” Wakefield coach Joe Wendte said. “We try to keep the teams we play under their lowest offensive output of the season.”

Wakefield sprinted to a 7-0 lead to open the game, but the Dragons battled back to 14-13 at the end of the first eight minutes.

“I knew we would stay tough and play with them,” Madison coach Dan Fuhs said. “Wakefield is a lot taller and longer than us and we struggle with teams like them — but we kept fighting.”

Wakefield scored to open the second frame on a nifty pass from Justin Erb to Solomon Peitz. Madison answered with a free throw from Joan San Pedro, but a three from Peitz bumped the Trojan advantage to 19-14 with 6:05 left before the intermission.

Madison wouldn’t go away and came back to 19-18 after a bucket from Anthony Kittle with 3:31 left in the second. Kittle was fouled but failed to convert the three-point play.

The Trojan lead was back to single point with just over two minutes left before the break, but Wakefield got a three from Erb, who then took an assist from Peitz underneath the bucket to make it 26-20.

Esgar Godinez made one of two free throws with 56.4 seconds left in the quarter to make it 27-20 at the half.

“We had some trouble scoring the basketball at times,” Wendte said. “But we just kept trying to get stops and head back down the court and try to score.”

Wakefield went up by 14 early in the third and finished the stanza up 40-26.

The Dragons would climb back after a long ball from Sammy Gloria with 3:32 left in the contest made it 44-35, but an offensive rebound and put back by Peitz off a missed Wakefield charity toss made it 46-35.

“We have been taking it one game at a time,” Peitz said. “We just want to beat the team we are playing and go to the next game. We try to win every possession either on offense or defense.”

A 15-foot jumper by Madison’s Keaton Hendren made it 46-37 with 3:16 left, but Madison would get no closer.

Two Hendren free throws with 1:33 left made the score 50-40 and Wendte called a timeout.

“We have had trouble finishing games,” Wendte said. “I just wanted to remind the guys it was time to finish.”

Which is exactly what the Trojans did, outscoring Madison 7-0 in the last minute and a half to come away with the 17-point victory.

Madison 13 7 6 14 — 40

Wakefield 14 13 13 17 — 57

MADISON (4-3): Sammy Gloria 3 0-0 7; Keaton Hendren 3 3-4 9; Anthony Zarate 0 1-2 1; Ivan Saldana 0 0-2 0; Gabe Romero 1 0-0 2; Anthony Kittle 2 0-1 4; Alex Gutierrez 1 0-0 3; Avery Rosales 4 1-2 11; Joan San Pedro 1 1-2 3.

WAKEFIELD (5-0): Gabe Peitz 1 1-2 4; Justin Erb 8 1-4 19; Blake Heimann 2 1-3 5; Blake Brown 1 0-2 2; Solomon Peitz 6 4-9 20; Dylon Harder 1 0-1 2; Esgar Godinez 1 3-5 5.

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