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The Indians grab a hard-fought six-point victory over Madras to open its shortened 2021 hoops season

The Molalla boy's basketball team opened its season with a 47-41 win at Madras on May 18, the first of a home-and-home series with the White Buffaloes.

"(We) played a slow paced game that was a close back-and-forth game," coach Aaron Boone said of his team's opener. "Defense was the primary focus for the first game of the season on the road, and we found several areas to build on in the season, working to reduce turnovers and take advantage of free throw opportunities."

FILE PHOTO - The Molalla boys basketball team opened its 2021 season May 18 with a win over Madras.

Jacob Watson led the offense with a 15-point second half on the way to a game-high 18 points overall. James Sanders tallied seven points in the third quarter to spark an Indian run. Boone also pointed to the defensive play of Jordan Stogner, who took multiple charges during the game.

"I thought we played solid on both ends of the floor," Boone said. "Offensively, we had great looks. We just need to make those shots when we have them and lower the turnover numbers. Our defense did a solid job of contesting shots and not picking up too many fouls – just staying sound and disciplined."

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