- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - When he comes to Austin, Dallas Madison’s Admon Gilder seems to glide across the court, scoring from just about anywhere and anytime he wants.

And he’s not alone. Madison puts its chase after a second consecutive Class 3A title on cruise control, coasting to a 77-62 win over San Antonio Sam Houston.

Gilder led the way with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Johnathan Turner added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Cameron Bryant scored 19 for Madison (29-3), which advanced to its fourth state final since 2009.

Gilder has averaged 24 points over Madison’s last three state tournament games, including a 7-of-8 shooting performance on 3-pointers in the semifinals last season, and a 19-point game in the final.

Sam Houston coach Ike Thornton called Madison a “nightmare” to play.

“They have size, athleticism and they have discipline,” Thornton said. “They were shooting layups and we were struggling to get shots.”

Madison scored 25 points off 22 turnovers by Sam Houston, breaking into a fast-paced transition game any chance they could.

Jordon Harris scored 29 for Sam Houston (27-10) and made five 3-pointers. Madison had rolled through its five previous playoff games by an average of 28 points, but Sam Houston had rallied to within seven in the fourth quarter before Madison finally put the game out of reach with a late 10-4 run.

Even when Sam Houston made it close, Madison never seemed to lose control of the game. Madison shot 46 percent and made 17 of 24 free throws.

“At all times, we feel we can turn it up. We make sure we have the last run,” Gilder said.

Turner scored nine in the first quarter on Thursday, including six in a row in one burst. Gilder made a 3-pointer in the final seconds as Madison opened up a 23-14 lead heading in the second.

The 3-pointer was just the first basket in a run of 12 consecutive points by Gilder. His second 3-pointer and another jumper pushed Madison’s lead to 32-19. Turner then scored six in a row, including an alley-oop dunk on a fast break off a long pass from Bryant. Madison led 44-31 at halftime.

Harris made two 3-pointers in the third and Sam Houston made a push to keep it close in hopes of grabbing the upset. Sam Houston used a 7-2 run that cut Madison’s lead to 57-51 before Gilder closed the quarter with a layup.

Sam Houston’s last chance came early in the fourth when it cut the lead to 61-54. Madison finally made the push to put the game away when Turner made a short baseline jumper and Gilder scored four straight points to give Madison a 67-54 lead.

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