By DOUG EADS
BEREA — Oh to get back to the .500 mark.
The Southwestern Warriors have been hovering around the .500 mark all season, and on Saturday, Chris Baker and company — 9-10 on the year — was in great shape to even their record.
However to get to that .500 mark, the Warriors would have to knock off a Madison Southern team on its home floor — an Eagles squad that had already defeated the Warriors at The Wigwam back on December 19th in the M & W Classic by a 70-57 margin.
Southwestern had its chance in this affair, but thanks to the Eagles’ strong fourth period coming down the stretch, the Warriors fell to 9-11 on the year, falling to Madison Southern 66-56.
Southwestern was in control of things early, leading the Eagles 15-13 after one period of play, and again at the half, 26-23.
Despite the fact the Eagles captured the lead through three quarters of play at 41-40, Southwestern was still right there and in great shape in an attempt to even its season record.
But, thanks to the Eagles 25-16 spurt over the Warriors in the final frame at crunch time, it was the Warriors coming up on the wrong end of a 66-56 score.
Brayden Sims continued his strong play over the past month, leading the Warriors with 21 points, while teammate Cole Dysinger joined him in double figures by scoring 14 points in the loss.
Sims recorded a double-double in the contest, also leading Southwestern with 16 rebounds.
Tanner McKee dished out 5 assists for the Warriors, while Hunter Coffey tallied 4 assists.
Dysinger and Jon Wood each added 4 rebounds in the contest.
Southwestern — 9-11 on the year — will return to action on Tuesday night at The Wigwam, hosting the Cordia Lions.
That game is slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m.