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 Madison Heights Madison boys basketball coach Karl Williams is pictured with players during a practice session earlier this year. Madison has won division and district championships in each of the past two seasons.

Madison Heights Madison boys basketball coach Karl Williams is pictured with players during a practice session earlier this year. Madison has won division and district championships in each of the past two seasons.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Madison boys basketball in search of more championships

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published December 13, 2019

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MADISON HEIGHTS — The last two seasons have been winning ones for Madison Heights Madison’s boys basketball program.

The Eagles have won two consecutive district titles, as well as back-to-back Macomb Area Conference division championships.

During that time span, Madison went 39-9 overall and 17-1 in division play.

The Eagles followed up a MAC Bronze title with a MAC Silver championship last season.

Although Madison lost approximately six or seven players from last season’s squad, the Eagles can get some big help from a few who did return — seniors Anthony Fuller and Aaron McClure, along with junior Quentin Jones.

“I got returning three players from off the varsity level that should be able to keep us going the way we’ve been going for the last three years now,” said Madison coach Karl Williams.

Having a big body inside can help make life easier for coaches, and Williams has that in Jones.

He would like to “feed Quentin as much as possible, see if we can get him to establish the inside position on the offensive and defensive end.”

“Quentin Jones, he’s developed very well over the summer,” Williams said. “He’s a big fella, about (6 feet, 7 inches tall). … Expecting for him to give us a lot (of) inside presence. Then I got some returning penetrators.”

Madison is back in the MAC Silver this season, and the experiences of winning back-to-back division championships could benefit the Eagles in their newest campaign.

“(You’re) establishing a winning tradition,” Williams said. “What we try to do is make them understand, if you do all the other things, handle your situations off the court, in the classroom, then you come and practice and put in 110%, everything else will fall into place.”

At press time, the Eagles were 1-0 overall.

Despite the titles that Madison has won over the past couple of seasons, there is another championship that Williams would like to secure for the program — a MAC tournament title.

“Unfortunately, the MAC tournament eluded us,” Williams said. “We lost in the round to get to the championship game (last season). So that’s where we’re trying to improve, get to the championship game, and a ‘W’ there.”

As for Fuller, after being knocked out of regional tournaments in each of the past two seasons, he would like to get past that stage of the playoffs.

“It gave us that hunger to make us (want to) come back and fight more, compete, and make it farther,” Fuller said. “I feel like we have the tools to do it this (season).”

This is Williams’ fourth season leading Madison, and with the success the program has had, the Eagles may have captured the attention of other teams.

“Hopefully, this is my thought process, when people know Madison is coming to play them, (they’re going to) have to bring (their) best game,” Williams said. “That’s earning respect over the last two years of being a quality team, and that’s where I want us to stay.”

Up next, Madison plays at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Madison Heights Lamphere.

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