"A.D. is a special kid," Herbert said. "He's a special athlete. He's very determined and he plays better against better teams. He loves to face the best competition. Just a sophomore, he's going to continue to be really good for us. The sky is the limit for him, he's got a chance to be a heck of a player."
As good as Cunningham was, he couldn't quite combat Madison's tandem of Ken-jah Bosley and Dominique Hawkins, who scored 22 and 26 points, respectively, on a combined 18-for-25 shooting.
Hawkins especially took over late, scoring nine points in the third quarter and controlling the game after SC cut a 12-point deficit to five with just over two minutes remaining.
Quan Taylor also chipped in 11 points for the Indians (10-3) including two thunderous dunks.
Kincaid ended up with 12 points for South Charleston (5-1) and Hunter Moles scored 10, all of which came in the second half.
As for the tournament itself, all parties involved seemed encouraged by its success and Herbert said he hopes it is something the school continues for a while.
"We're going to try to keep doing the same thing," Herbert said, referring to the invitation of two solid out-of-state programs. (Pickerington Central, Ohio defeated Riverside in the consolation game.) "We'd like to make this an annual thing and get this tournament going to where people get used to it and expect good teams to be in here and play good competition - that's what it's all about."
Madison Central's Bosley, Taylor and Hawkins made up half of the all-tournament team and were joined by SC's Cunningham and Moles, as well as Pickerington's Conner Kern.
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