MADILL -— Having seen Dickson’s lead being reduced from 17 points to just two with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, there was no panic in Ty Frasier.
Poised and under control, he jumped in front of a Madill pass intended for the left wing, made three free throws and two layups, helping Dickson to stave off a late rally by the Wildcats, for a 68-61 victory at Madill Wildcat Fieldhouse on Friday.
Frasier’s final two points – a layup that came a few seconds after Comets senior Quentin Herbert had thrown a long inbound pass to Frasier that had stretched about half the length of the court – was given appreciation by Herbert, who raised his index finger in the air and glanced in the direction of his Dickson teammate.
Frasier scored eight of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Of course, the play that helped to ignite the late surge came on defense.
With just over a minute remaining and Madill trailing by three points, Frasier read the eyes of Wildcats point guard Corbin Larason, and jumped in front of a pass to make the steal.
“I knew that we had it in the bag,” Frasier said. “We just weren’t strong with the ball. We weren’t finishing layups. We were going up thinking that we were going to have contact.”
Dickson found success in the second quarter with its dribble penetration.
After dribble penetration through the right side of the right side of the lane by Herbert led to a 3-pointer, Clinton Bland drained a 3 on Dickson’s next possession for a 28-20 lead.
“Quentin Herbert did a great job of getting to the basket. They all did,” Dickson coach Billy Haley said. “John Murphy played great. Everybody else stepped in and did a good job.”
Dickson’s press started to take a physical toll on Madill in the second half.
The Comets (7-12) gained their largest advantage at 55-38.
A pass intended for Wildcats forward Cody Barber grazed off his fingers and was stolen by John Murphy, who quickly sprinted down the court and made a layup with 6:25 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Most people aren’t as fast as us,” Herbert said.
Madill was down but not out.
Careless passes and missed layups by the Comets provided the Wildcats with the window of opportunity they needed to make a late run.
Davius Sanders made a running jump shot with just over a minute remaining to bring Madill (3-14) to within 59-57.
Raygan Dodd had some big moments in the fourth quarter grabbing rebounds and scoring points. So did Larason and Taber Bagley. Trevor Goff, primarily a junior varsity player, provided productive minutes off the bench for the Wildcats.
Dodd finished with 18 points.
“They played their butts off,” Madill coach Jason Wilkerson said. “When you’re down 15 and turn it into a two-point ball game, with the ball and the chance to tie it or take the lead, you can’t ask for much more than that. They showed a lot of heart, and I am really proud of that.”
Dickson: 68 (Ty Frasier 16, Cole King 14, Quentin Herbert 10, John Murphy 10, Brenton Bland 8, Clinton Bland 5, Mike Nail 5)
Madill: 61 (Raygan Dodd 18, Davius Sanders 13, Taber Bagley 12, Corbin Larason 7, Edgar Padron 4, Matt Combs 3, Trevor Goff 2)
Dickson 25-37, Madill 16-29
Dickson 7 (King 3, Brenton Bland 2, Clinton Bland, Murphy), Madill 3 (Bagley 3)