Written by Corbett Smith
Admon Gilder gets revenge on former teammates as Madison beat Triple A Academy in matchup of reigning state title winners
Admon Gilder said he’d been waiting since September, when Triple A Academy — the defending Class 1A Division I champion — requested to move up two classifications and into District 11-3A, home to Class 3A titleholder Madison.
But there was more motivation brewing for Gilder, Madison’s leading scorer. He had played at Triple A in junior high, alongside current Triple A starters King McClure and Tyler Singleton.
Behind Gilder’s team-high 21 points, Madison held off Triple A, 74-68, on Friday night, giving the charter school its first UIL district or playoff loss — on its home court, no less.
“This is my first time to play against them since I left,” Gilder said. “I’m glad we came away with the W.”
Without shooting guard and Weber State signee Jeremiah Jefferson — out with a broken finger — Triple A (16-6, 4-1) looked stunned in the opening five minutes, falling behind 16-2 by missing eight of its first nine shots.
But a timeout by Triple A coach Tim Singleton with 2:58 remaining in the first quarter settled his team’s nerves. McClure started and finished a 26-9 run over the next seven minutes, hitting a 3-pointer after the timeout and capping Triple A’s run with an alley oop dunk on a pass from Singleton to take a 28-25 lead.
“We were a little too pumped up coming out,” Madison coach Rod Johnson said. “When you get a lead like that, you have a tendency to relax. A team like them — they are too good to not come back.”
Madison (18-4, 5-0) — ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches — closed the first half by scoring the last six points and never trailed again. Triple A closed with a point in the fourth quarter, but Gilder and post Jonathan Turner sparked Madison over the next five minutes, combining to score 10 of the team’s 15 points during that span.
McClure finished with 24 points, on 9-of-22 shooting. Roderick Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Madison.