Written by Corbett Smith
Admon Gilder, Johnathan Turner combine for 52 points as Madison returns to 3A state basketball final
AUSTIN — There’s something about Admon Gilder and the Frank Erwin Center, even if he might be reluctant to admit it. Last season, as a sophomore, Gilder scored 44 points over two games as Madison won the Class 3A title.
On Thursday against San Antonio Sam Houston in a 3A semifinal, Gilder put together a near triple-double in Madison’s 77-62 win, with 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting, 11 rebounds and nine steals.
But he wouldn’t attribute his performance to a comfort level on the Longhorns’ home court.
“I feel comfortable in any gym,” Gilder corrected.
The trio of Gilder and senior teammates Johnathan Turner and Cameron Bryant combined for 71 of the 77 points for Madison (29-3), which will face Houston Yates on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s final. Gilder went on a personal 12-0 run in the opening minutes of the second quarter, stretching Madison’s lead to double digits for most of the period.
Sam Houston coach Ike Thornton said that Madison’s speed and pressure was unlike anything his team had faced all season. Sam Houston (27-10) turned the ball over 22 times, resulting in 25 Madison points.
‘We knew they had some great guards that could handle the ball and handle pressure well when they know it’s coming,” Madison coach Rod Johnson said. “So we disguised our traps – we call it a jump trap.”
Sam Houston, led by Jordon Harris’ 29 points, tried to put its own press in play, but it was easily broken by Madison’s ballhandlers Bryant and Le’Braun Armstrong.
“That hurt us more than anything,” Thornton said. “They were shooting layups, and we were struggling to get easy shots.”