White Buffalos go 1-2 in tournament
The Madras White Buffalos boys basketball team traveled to Bend for a holiday tournament on Dec. 27-29. The Buffs went 1-2 in the tournament, playing very tough, big schools.
The White Buffalos played the No. 4 ranked 5A Thurston Colts in their first game of the tournament and lost 100-60.
The Colts went on an early 8-0 run to start the game, before Cole White sunk a three for the Buffs. Amial Rhoan was able to score on a lay-in, making the score 12-5 in favor of Thurston and later, White drove to the hoop for a 17-7 score.
The Colts went on another run, but Byron Patt was able to stop the run with a deep three. The Buffs called a timeout down 26-10 with around three minutes left in the first quarter.
Donnie Bagley and Patt were able to knock down some 3-point shots and Patt drove hard to the hoop for a score before the end of the first.
Thurston was able to spread the court and sprint after the ball for easy buckets. The Colts had a 35-18 lead over the Buffs at the end of the first quarter.
The Colts went on a 10-0 run to start the second quarter and Thurston called a timeout with around four minutes left in the first half.
Madras was able to score eight points in the second quarter and the Buffs went into halftime down 60-26.
The deficit was too big for the White Buffalos and Madras lost to the 5A Thurston Colts 100-60. Bagley led the Buffs with 18 points and behind him was Kahne Herkshan with 7 points.
Buffs score over 100 points
Madras played 5A Ridgeview in their next game on Dec. 28. The Buffs were able to fly right past the Ravens for a 105-68 victory. Patt scored 39 points for the White Buffalos.
Patt scored the first seven points for the Buffs and Madras went up 7-0 before Ridgeview called a quick timeout.
Rhoan hit two 3-pointers in a row after the timeout, giving Madras a 13-0 lead. Patt hit a 3-pointer, followed by Herkshan hitting a 3-pointer right after Patt.
The Buffs took a 19-0 lead at the start of the game, before the Ravens scored, stopping the Madras run.
White hit a 3-pointer, giving the Buffs a 25-4 lead and later, hit another three for Madras. The Buffs took a 33-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Madras went on another big run, this time a 16-0, at the start of the second quarter. The score was 49-15 in favor of the Buffs early in the second quarter.
White was able to hit a deep shot to give the Buffs a 66-25 lead and Madras took a 72-33 lead at the midway break. They outscored the Ravens 39-18 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Chapin Grote was able to get in the 3-point clinic the Buffs were putting on and Madras had a 77-41 lead.
A few plays later, Patt hit a three to advance the lead and Jordan Mitchell scored, making the score 83-47.
Madras took a 93-50 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Grote and Patt both hit 3-point shots to start the fourth quarter and the Buffs were able to crush Ridgeview in a 105-68 win.
Patt knocked in an incredible 39 points, making six 3-pointers and shooting 7-for-11 at the free throw line. Grote and Kobey Jorgensen both notched 11 points for Madras. The Buffs were able to make 15 3-pointers as a team.
MHS hangs with 6A team
Madras played the No. 3 ranked 6A South Eugene Axemen in their last game of the tournament on Dec. 29. The Buffs went into halftime only down 44-37, but lost to the Axemen 81-60.
South Eugene scored the first four points of the game, but Patt answered with 2 points of his own. The Axemen had a 8-2 lead before Grote hit a three, making the score 8-5.
Patt and Mitchell scored for the Buffs and Madras cut the lead down to 12-9.
A few plays later, South Eugene was up 16-11 before Patt hit a deep shot, closing the lead to 16-14 in favor of the Axemen.
Grote hit another three and Madras was only down by one, making the score 18-17. Patt hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter and the Buffs were down 21-20 at the end of one.
In the second quarter, White hit a 3-pointer to give Madras a 26-24 lead and later, he made another three, giving the Buffs a 29-26 lead.
The Axemen took the lead back, but Dylan Heath was able to get to the rim, tying the game at 33-33. South Eugene went on a 9-0 run before Herkshan scored for the Buffs. The Axemen took a 42-35 lead with the second quarter closing soon.
Madras went into halftime down 44-37.
Madras had a big drought at the start of the third quarter and South Eugene outscored the Buffs 26-4 in the third. Madras went into the fourth quarter down 70-41.
The Buffs were able to outscore the Axemen 19-11 in the fourth quarter, but the third quarter lapse was too much and the Buffs lost 81-60.
"So far, we have only played four 4A schools," said head coach Evan Brown. "We have a tough schedule, but have a tough schedule for a reason and that is to get better in a hurry. As long as we are making improvements, the wins and losses at this point do not really matter. League play is how you qualify for the postseason. We are getting better and better and hopefully, getting ourselves getting ourselves ready for a good league run and a good postseason run."