by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras point guard Jered Pichette drives in for a layup during the White Buffalos' 53-50 loss to Summit on Wednesday. Summit steals a win in the Buffalo Dome

It took a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Madras High School boys basketball team its first loss of the season.

Summit’s Nick Moyer hit a 22-foot fallaway jumper from the left wing to give the Storm a 53-50 win Wednesday night at the Buffalo Dome, dropping the White Buffalos to 2-1 on the year.

With 2.2 seconds left and the Buffs up 50-49, Madras point guard Jered Pichette was called for a foul in the backcourt after Moyer gathered a rebound, sending the senior to the line with the game hanging in the balance.

Moyer made the first free throw of a 1-and-1 bonus situation, but the second one caromed off the heel of the rim. There was just enough time on the clock for Moyer to chase down the loose ball and fire up a prayer, and much to the Buffs’ dismay, Moyer drilled it.

The play was a microcosm of the entire night for the Buffs, in all reality. It was the 24th offensive rebound for the Storm, and the Buffs had just 25 rebounds total. Summit outrebounded Madras 49-25 in the contest, so it was a wonder how the Buffs were even in the game to begin with.

“Quite frankly, we didn’t deserve to win that game,” Madras coach Allen Hair said. “That last play epitomized the entire game. There’s no way a shooter should get his own rebound off a missed free throw. You gotta give the kid credit for making the shot, though. It was a tough one.”

Before Summit’s late-game theatrics, Madras had some of their own which created a roller coaster ride for the final two minutes of the game.

Pichette gave the Buffs the lead with a foul shot with 4.6 seconds left after a Summit player fouled him near midcourt. Before the Pichette free throw, Moyer reeled in an offensive rebound and put the ball up strong inside to tie the game at 49-49 with 52.7 seconds left.

Madras’ Reshaun Holliday hit his third 3-pointer of the night at a critical time, with 1:30 left in the game, to give the Buffs a 49-47 lead. Holliday hit one at the 2:07 mark as well, which was followed by two Pichette foul shots that erased a four-point Summit lead.

“Reshaun was huge with those two shots,” Hair said. “And that’s what I like about this team: at any given time any of the guys can step up and make a big shot. Kids are stepping up when they need to.”

Outside of the frantic end to the ballgame, neither team showcased their offense as much as they probably should have. It was the first game of the season for the Storm, so they were knocking off a little bit of rust in the early going, but Madras didn’t particularily shoot the ball well. They didn’t rebound it well, either — Summit grabbed 74 percent of the game’s total rebounds.

“We were standing around watching way too much; we just gave them defensive rebounds,” Hair said. “At least everything we did wrong in the game is fixable. We still had a shot to win it at the end despite everything, and that’s a sign of a good team.”

Hair said having a game like this, when his team needs to get defensive stops late in the game, will turn out to benefit his team even though it was a loss. He also said it had a state tournament feel to it since it was the second game of a back-to-back, which is something the Buffs will have to do if they have any plans of making it that far.

“This will definitely be a teach point,” Hair said. “We need to fix the rebounding things, obviously, but it will give us a chance to work on some offensive execution and concentrating on getting those defensive stops when we need to.”

Madras led by nine at the half, 24-15, behind a 9-0 run to close by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras' Bryce Rehwinkel pulls up for a jump shot during the Buffs' 53-50 loss to Summit on Both teams didn’t play well offensively in the closing minutes of the half, with no one scoring inside the last two minutes.

Summit came out in the third quarter and started its own run, and by the end of the frame the ballgame was tied 39-39 after Chris Reeves buried a deep 3-pointer at the horn.

Madras led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Pichette ended the game with 20 points, but no other Buff was in double figures. Holliday finished with nine points and Austin Rauschenburg had eight.

Madras hit seven 3-pointers and turned Summit over 22 times, so those numbers alone helped the Buffs overcome being outrebounded so badly, but they weren’t quite enough.

Summit scored 21 points off offensive rebounds.

Madras played the Bend Lava Bears on Tuesday at the Buffalo Dome, but the result was unavailable by the Pioneer’s press deadline. The Buffs will kick off the Seaside Holiday Classic at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against Newport.

Buffs run past Sisters in second half

Sisters led 18-16 after the first quarter, but that was the last time they held the lead in a 56-39 Madras win on Dec. 10 at the Buffalo Dome.

The Buffs’ defense puts the clamps on the Outlaws’ flex offense, and held them to four points in the second frame to seize control of the ballgame.

“We weren’t doing a very good job defending the flex screen,” Hair said. “We made some adjustments in the huddle, and our athleticism and conditioning really helped us out.”

Sisters hit some outside shots early in the contest to keep them in it, but Madras started to alternate between man and zone defenses, which Hair thought confused Sisters enough to get the Outlaws out of their shooting rhythm.

Madras scored 14 points in the second quarter, and then cruised the rest of the way for the win.

Pichette scored a game-high 22 points, and Brent Sullivan chipped in 12 points with nine rebounds. Devon Wolfe scored 10 for the Buffs, as well.

“Brent has done a real nice job for us this season, and I think he’s going to surprise some teams with his athleticism,” Hair said.

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