WolfPack fall short in attempt to grab a win

Clarion Staff Report

As odd as it might sound for a team that ended the regular season on a five-game losing streak, the Madison College men’s basketball team hoped the post-season would have lasted just a little longer.

Madison College fought back from a 12-point deficit throughout the entire second half of its NJCAA Regional IV quarterfinal game against the College of DuPage.

A late game flurry pulled Madison College within a basket. When DuPage missed a free throw with 1 second left, Madison College had a final opportunity.

After a full-court pass, Ethan Lurquin’s shot fell a little short and the WolfPack lost, 64-62.

“If the game was just one minute longer I think we win and move on. We had been outplaying them most of the second half, and especially down the stretch,” Madison College coach Scot Vesterdahl said.

“But that maybe summarizes our season – always coming up a bit short. We’ve had so many close losses and just haven’t been able to finish out games. Our kids played their hearts out though, both tonight and this season.”

Tyler Meier led Madison College with 17 points, hitting 5 of 8 shots from behind the three-point line. Kristian Zimmerman scored 14 points, his third double-digit effort in the last four games. Lurquin finished with 11 points and a team-high six rebounds. He finished the year as the team’s leading scorer with 17.4 points a game.

The loss ended the WolfPack’s season with an overall record of 10-19.

Harper College 61, Madison College 47

A 14-2 second-quarter run gave visiting Harper College all the momentum it needed in a 61-47 victory over Madison College on Feb. 20. If that wasn’t enough, the WolfPack suffered a 10-minute scoring drought to open the second half.

Madison College converted on just 16 of 52 shots attempts (30.8 percent), making it tough for the team to keep pace with Harper College.

Meier sank four three-point shots to score a team-high 16 points. Lurquin added 11 points and nine rebounds and was the only other WolfPack player to score in double figures.

Joliet Junior College 70, Madison College 65

Madison College came up a bit short in a back-and-forth game with visiting Joliet Junior College on Feb. 17, losing 70-65 after pulling within a point late in the game.

The game saw five ties and 11 lead changes, although Joliet led by as much as 15 points in the second half before Madison College went on a run powered by Lurquin.

Lurquin hit six three-pointers, scoring 27 points, and grabbed nine rebounds. Meier added 15 points, while Zimmerman scored 10. The trio scored all but 13 of Madison College’s points in the game.