MHS boys roundballers in big funk to start TVC

The Madras High School boys basketball team is in a funk right now, and Friday’s game against Molalla could be considered piling on.

After storming back from a double-digit deficit in the second half, the White Buffalos ended up victims of a last-second shot in a 45-43 loss in the Buffalo Dome.

“We were just a half-second late on a defensive rotation,” Madras coach Allen Hair said of the game’s final play. Molalla ran an in-bound play with less than a second left and was able to bury a jumper as time expired to steal the win.

“It was an unfortunate sequence of events for us,” Hair said. “We were behind the whole game, but able to fight back. It was one of those things where we just didn’t play hard enough.”

Jered Pichette led the Buffs with 19 points, while Devon Wolfe and Austin Rauschenburg each chipped in eight.

The loss was the Buffs’ fifth in a row, and Hair said the team needs to recommit to playing tough team defense to get out of its current losing skid.

“We need to understand our individual responsibilites defensively, specifically getting the weak side blocked off and taking charges,” Hair said. “It’s not something just one person can do to turn this around; the entire team has to be able to do it.”

The Buffs built a 7-4 record before the slide, and as of Tuesday before their game against La Salle, they are 0-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference. Although early in the TVC schedule, the Buffs can’t afford to lose many more if they want to keep playing ball after February.

“We’re almost to the point where all our league games are must-win,” Hair said. “We just need to get back to playing Madras basketball. We need to fly around on defense, execute our offense and finish games.”

They will be at home Friday against Gladstone.

Buffs drop league opener

While the Buffs led North Marion 15-11 after the first quarter, nothing much else went their way in a 66-40 loss to the Huskies on Jan. 21 in Aurora.

Madras turned the ball over 22 times, and North Marion’s Kerry Cook went off for 27 points to help drop the Buffs in the first Tri-Valley Conference game for both squads.

Devon Wolfe was the only Buff to score in double figures with 10 points, and Reshaun Holliday and Jered Pichette each netted nine.

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