Madison Central advances to Sweet 16 championship game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Dominique Hawkins scored 30 points, including 23 in the second half, and Madison Central came back to beat Hopkinsville 60-56 on Saturday in a semifinal of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament.

Hawkins, who struggled in the first half like he did in Friday's quarterfinal, was 16 of 18 from the free-throw line in the second half to bring the Indians (31-5) back from a deficit as large as 12 points with 1:34 left in the third quarter to one win away from their first state championship.

The 6-foot-1 senior is averaging 28.7 points per game in three Sweet 16 games. He dazzled the Rupp Arena crowd for the third straight game in which Kentucky coach John Calipari sat courtside to watch him.

Jordan Majors scored 31 points for the Tigers (33-5), who used their athleticism in the first half to stifle Hawkins and Madison Central.

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