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Four straight losses ends men’s basketball season

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Four consecutive losses ended a difficult season for the Madison College men’s basketball team. Madison College lost to Milwaukee Area Technical College, 62-58, in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region IV tournament and finished the season 5-26 overall.

The loss to Milwaukee was a back-and-forth game that saw Madison College rally from an 8-point deficit to tie the game at 54 with less than three minutes left. But the WolfPack failed to hit crucial shots down the stretch, while Milwaukee sank 6 of 8 free throw attempts to take the victory.

Brandon Holz led Madison College with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Miller added 16 points and Isaiah Nordeng scored 14 points. The three freshmen didn’t get much scoring help from the rest of the team. Only three other players scored for the WolfPack, combining for just eight points.

Madison College finished the season with a team dominated by freshman, featuring guard Ryan Plaice and forward Adam Ruka as the only second-year players. Plaice dished out nine assists in his final game with the WolfPack, while had four rebounds and two points.

Harper 67, Madison College 53

After staying within striking range during the first half, Madison College saw Harper College pull away thanks to its three-point shooting.

Harper College outscored Madison College by 24 points in shots from behind the three-point line, hitting 10 three-pointers compared to two for the WolfPack.

Jason Miller was the only WolfPack player to score in double figures, with 19 points. Adam Ruka added nine points and had a team-high 13 rebounds.

DuPage 65, Madison College 62

Madison College started the game strong, taking a 34-27 first-half lead, but could not hold off a College of DuPage rally in the second half.

DuPage took a lead with just over two minutes left, and then hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Free throws were a big difference in the game. DuPage hit 16 of 28 free throws, while Madison College was just 4 of 6.

Dominic Fumbanks led Madison College with 22 points, hitting four three-point shots. Corey McGowan also converted on four three-pointers and scored 14 points.

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