OKAWVILLE — Marquis Bourney scored a game-high 21 points and Tyvon Powers added 17 as the Madison Trojans squeaked past the Gibault Hawks 51-49 in Friday's championship game of the Okawville Class 1A Sectional.
The victory earned the Trojans a berth against Payson-Seymour in the Jacksonville Super-Sectional at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Payson-Seymour advanced with a 50-43 victory over Mendon Unity in the title game of the (Mount Sterling) Brown County Sectional.
Down 42-41 late in the game, Madison (19-10) grabbed the lead when Bourney sank a 3-pointer. The Trojans were playing without starting guard Johnny Meitzenheimer, who had left the game earlier with an ankle injury.
Madison coach Jaime Cotto-Rodriguez said he was impressed with his Bourney's ability to step up after Meitenheimer's injury.
"For (Powers) to stick with it that long and keep on going at it, I am really proud of him,"Cotto-Rodriguez said, adding that Powers was on the bench to start out the season.
Powers later hit a pair of free throws to put Madison up by five points with less than five minutes remaining.
A 3-pointer from Nick Row pulled the Hawks within 50-49 with 44.4 seconds left.
It wouldn't be enough, though, as the Trojans held on to win the sectional title.
"They just waited their turn," said Cotto-Rodriguez, whose team won its second sectional title since reaching state during the 2010-11 season. "A lot of people didn't think we were going to be very good. So for them, it means a lot."
Row led Gibault with 12 points. The Hawks bow out with a 25-7 record.
"We had a lot more success against them offensively than what we had the first time," Gibault basketball coach Dennis Rueter said. "(Marquis) Bourney was just unconscious the first game. ... This time we weren't able to score especially early. We couldn't score then, so we had some troubles."
Neither team seemed to take control in the first quarter with Madison leading 6-3 going into the second quarter.