Like his team, he is unknown and flying under the radar. His own coach is just now getting accustomed to his game.
Maliq Madlock put on a show to remember to start the Class 2A state tournament for Ellison.
Madlock scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and added nine rebounds, seven steals and two blocks as the Lions earned a 64-44 victory over Robeson in a Class 2A Hales Regional quarterfinal on Tuesday.
The Lions advance to meet TEAM Englewood in a regional semifinal tomorrow.
“This is my first year at the school, Maliq has been a four-year starter, but that was probably the best game he ever played for me,” Ellison coach Walter Woghiren said. “He played with energy and he played unselfishly, and you just saw tonight, he did not want his season to end yet.”
Madlock showed his athleticism by recording back-to-back steals he turned into highlight reel dunks. He wreaked havoc on the Raiders’ offense, patrolling the passing lanes and routinely disrupting Robeson’s offensive sets with his quick hands and superb reflexes.
“We were putting a lot of pressure on them, and my teammates helped me out a lot,” Madlock said. “That helped me get my steals and that turned into the dunks I had.”
Madlock’s nine first quarter points pushed the Lions (15-9) to the early seven point advantage. It was just a prelude to an equally spectacular second quarter that saw him continually attack the basket and get to the rim.
Madlock averaged nearly 20 points during the regular season. “I had my on and off days during the season, but tonight, we just went out and played harder, especially when they came back on us,” he said.
Ellison led by as many as 13 in the first half.
Getting a new lease on the postseason, Robeson (3-16) put together its own run at the start of the second half. Guard Calvin Seay (16 points) nailed a three-pointer as the Raiders scored the first seven points of the third quarter, part of a 10-0 run from the end of the first half.
Madlock again quelled the Raiders’ run with two free throws and a beautiful drive in the lane that ignited an 11-1 Ellison push and effectively put the game out of reach.
Junior guard Eric Marshall hit a key three-pointer in contributing 10 points and sophomore guard Frank Taylor added nine points. Seven different players scored for the Lions
Davion Hendon added 10 points for Robeson.