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Barrett's putback in 2nd OT tips Edgewood
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MADISON - Monroe boys basketball coach Pat Murphy stressed the importance of offensive rebounding heading into a Badger South Conference showdown with Madison Edgewood.

The Cheese-makers took the advice to heart.

Monroe senior Michael Barrett scored on a putback after grabbing an offensive rebound with 0.9 seconds left to give the Cheesemakers a thrilling 54-52 double overtime win over Edgewood Tuesday.

"We talked before the game that whoever got the most offensive rebounds would win it," Murphy said. "It was one heck of a high school game. It always is against Edgewood."

Barrett wasn't the only player to make an impact on the offensive boards. Monroe senior Andrew Armstrong scored on a putback after an offensive rebound with 22 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game. The Crusaders fouled Monroe senior Bryan Tordoff with 1.3 seconds left, but he missed a one-in-one free throw that may have sealed it. Monroe (7-0, 5-0) instead sealed it in the second extra session.

Barrett and Tordoff each scored 16 points for the Cheesemakers. Senior Damian Penniston added seven.

The Cheesemakers had an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter after committing four straight turnovers that led to some clutch 3-pointers by the Crusaders.

"Every game in our league is a battle," Murphy said. "It's big any time you can steal a game on the road."