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Buff boys bounced by Henley

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras forward Devon Wolfe drives past a Henley defender during Saturday's 63-54 loss to Henley on Saturday at the Buffalo Dome. Balanced offense allows Hornets to snag road win


Despite a game-high 26 points from point guard Jered Pichette, the Madras High School boys basketball team fell to Henley 63-54 on Saturday at the Buffalo Dome.

Madras was able to cut the lead to as little as six points down the stretch in the fourth quarter, with a fastbreak layup by Devon Wolfe, but the White Buffalos couldn’t get any closer to Henley and their multifaceted offensive attack.

Wolfe’s layup at the 1:21 mark of the final period was the last field goal the Buffs scored, and Henley buried three foul shots to seal the win.

“I thought Henley did a great job executing,” Madras head coach Allen Hair said. “It seemed like whenever we would make a run, they would counter with a bucket.”

The Buffs outscored the Hornets 29-26 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to cancel out Henley’s 37 first-half points — many of which came on second chances after offensive rebounds.

Rebounding has been the Buffs’ bugaboo all season, and the Hornets did a good job getting position inside the Buff players, especially on the offensive end.

“We got killed on the offensive glass and didn’t block out well,” Hair said. “And we ended up fouling a lot because of that.”

by: BILLY GATES/THE PIONEER - Madras point guard Jared Pichette tries to lay the ball up past a Henley defender during Saturday's game at the Buffalo Dome.Typically, Madras’ offense in terms of scoring distribution between players is about as balanced as it gets. Against the Hornets, however, shots simply weren’t falling for anyone besides Pichette — especially in the first half. Wolfe ended up having a good night with 14 points, but 10 of those came in the second half, when Madras was playing from behind the entire time.

Madras tried to make a run at the lead in both third and fourth quarters, but an incredibly balanced Henley team answered the bell every time.

The Buffs had the lead down to seven points in the third after a pair of Wolfe foul shots, but a Henley scoring flurry stretched the lead back out to 12 late in the frame. Henley led by 10, 52-42, going into the fourth quarter.

Pichette played with four fouls for most of the second half, after he drew his fourth at the 2:16 mark of the third quarter, and ended up fouling out with 2:42 left in the game. Madras was down 58-50 at the time, and the Buffs could not muster up much offense after the point guard’s departure.

“We just have to get smarter,” Hair said. “We don’t want to pick up fouls 40 or 50 feet away from the basket. We need to be smarter about when we can take chances and when we can’t.”

Both Pichette and Austin Rauschenburg fouled out of the game for the Buffs.

Henley’s Jesse Hilyard led the team with 15 points, and the next four scorers for the Hornets fell in closely behind. Colton Campbell and Kelly Greif each scored nine points, while Josh Overstreet and Drew Seater each chipped in seven.

Both teams made five 3-pointers, and Madras scored more points from the foul line, with 15 freebies in 24 attempts. Henley was 10 of 18 from the charity stripe.

“You have to give Henley their due, they are a good ball club,” Hair said. “They are playing without one of their better players, too, but this was a good game for us to see what they are like.”

Henley forward Colby Mueller has been out with an injury, and Hair said he’ll make the team better once he gets back on the floor. The Hornets are currently No. 10 in the Class 4A power ratings.

On Friday, Madras slugged out a 58-52 victory against Cottage Grove at the Buffalo Dome.

Late in the ballgame, the Lions shaved the Buffs’ lead to three points at 51-48 on a deep 3-pointer by Garett Boyce, but Carlos Estrada whipped a nice pass to Rauschenburg for a layup to stretch the lead back to five points with 1:34 left in the game.

From there, the Buffs were able to hang on for the win following a pair of Pichette foul shots, with 47 seconds remaining.

Madras forward Brent Sullivan made a key play in the waning moments that didn’t show up in the scorebook after he drew a charging foul, creating a Cottage Grove turnover with 1:07 left. The extra possession allowed the Buffs to hang on to the ball until the Lions eventually fouled Pichette.

The Buffs overcame a three-point deficit to start the fourth quarter, but went on an 8-0 run midway through the quarter to earn the lead again. That deficit might not have been there if it wasn’t for some poor shooting by the Buffs in the first half, though.

Madras missed five shots within four feet of the hoop in the second quarter, when both teams struggled to put points on the board early on.

Madras made a late first-half surge to take a 28-27 lead into the halftime break.

Pichette led all scorers with 31 points, 17 in the first half, and Mason Mueller posted 21 points for the Lions in the loss.

Madras will play its final nonconference game Friday at Banks.



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