Madras White Buffalos lose crucial game to Gladstone Gladiators, miss out on postseason.

STEELE HAUGEN - Dapri Miller spins to the hoop for an open shot. The Buffalos lost 77-64 to Gladstone on Tuesday, but beat Molalla 82-49 Thursday.The Madras White Buffalos boys basketball team lost a big game to Gladstone 77-64 on Feb. 12, which most likely stopped any hopes of the boys making the postseason.

They came back and played on Thursday, beating Estacada 82-49.

In the game against the No. 12-ranked Gladiators, Madras came right out of the gates and started the game with energy and efficiency. Senior Chapin Grote made a corner three at the outset and scored on a putback on the next possession, giving the Buffs a 5-0 lead.

Gladstone cut the lead to 6-4, before Amial Rhoan found an open Byron Patt from behind the arc. Halfway through the first, Donnie Bagley drove hard to the hoop to give Madras a six-point lead.

A 3-pointer by Dapri Miller put the Buffs up 15-8, but the Gladiators went on a 10-0 run to end the quarter and Madras was down 18-15 after one frame of play.

Gladstone scored first in the second quarter, but Grote nailed a 3-pointer, cutting the Gladstone lead to two.

The White Buffalos were in some serious foul trouble in the first half and the Gladiators took advantage. With over five minutes left in the second quarter, the Gladiators were in the double bonus.

Gladstone was looking to pull away from Madras, extending their lead to 11, before Miller made a great spin move to get to the rack. A few plays later, a step-back three by Patt and a finger roll lay-in by Patt cut the Gladiators lead down to four.

Gladstone hit a buzzer-beating jump shot at the of the quarter and the Buffalos went into halftime down 41-35.

A free throw battle took place at the start of the second half, but a few easy baskets by Gladstone gave the Gladiators a 10-point lead.

Miller scored on another tough drive to the hoop and then pulled up from deep on the next play. Gladstone called timeout with four minutes left in the quarter and a 49-44 lead.

Gladstone kept trying to put the resilient White Buffalos away, but Madras kept making big shots, keeping them in the game. Miller found some space from behind the arc and buried another deep shot. Gladstone hit a jump shot and Madras called a timeout with 51 seconds left in the quarter, down by eight.

Bagley was able to steal the inbounds pass on the Buffalos' press and make a lay-in, but Gladstone was able make a lay-in at the end of the quarter. Madras went into the last quarter of play down 57-51.

A couple lay-ins from both squads kicked off the forth before Patt was fouled on a 3-point attempt, and he made all three free throws. Senior Kobe Jorgensen made one free throw, cutting the Gladiators lead to six, but the Gladiators scored three unanswered points. Madras called timeout with around 3:30 left in the game, down by nine.

Gladstone scored on another lay-in after the timeout, but Patt dribbled down a hit a 3-pointer. Derrek Main was able to knock down a free throw, keeping the Buffs alive.

The Gladiators hit their big man, Jude Ashpole (6-4) down low for a basket, but it was answered by a Jorgensen reverse lay-in. The Buffs called a quick timeout with 1:14 left, down by eight.

STEELE HAUGEN - Byron Patt drives hard to the hoop against Gladstone on Tuesday.Gladstone knocked down two free throws and Patt quickly dribble the ball up court and while throwing up a tough shot, Gladstone was called for basket interference and Patt was fouled. The basket counted and Patt made his free throw. Gladstone called a timeout with 54 seconds left up by seven.

The White Buffalos knew they needed to come out with a very aggressive defense and try to get some easy steals. The aggressive defense allowed Gladstone to make three wide open lay-in, as the Buffs had trouble scoring on offense.

This allowed Gladstone to come away with a 77-64 victory in the Buffalo Dome.

Patt was the leading scorer for Madras, making five 3-pointers, while going 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He finished the game with 25 points and the only other Buffalo in double figure was Miller with 10 points.

Crushing Molalla

After the home loss to Gladstone, the White Buffalos traveled to Molalla on Thursday to face the Indians.

Madras started the game with a slow start, down 9-2 early in the game, but 3-pointers by Bagley and Miller, with Dylan Heath making a basket, quickly turned things around and gave the Buffalos a 1-point lead.

At the end of the first quarter, Patt hit a 3-pointer and the Buffalos ended the quarter down 16-15.

Jordan Mitchell scored first for the Buffalos, giving them the lead. As the quarter continued, both teams were fighting for the lead and the game was tied at 23.

Miller was able to knock down a 3-pointer and make a couple free throws, giving Madras a 6-point lead. A few plays later, Rhoan made a deep shot and the Buffs went up by nine.

Main and Miller both hit 3-pointers at the end of the first half and the Buffalos went into halftime up 40-26. The Buffalos ended the quarter on a 9-1 run and outscored Molalla 25-10 in the second quarter.

The third quarter of the game was very similar to the first quarter, with both teams scoring 15-points each. Madras went into the final frame with a 55-41 lead.

Two 3-pointers by Patt in a row helped the Buffs go on a 11-2 run and extend Madras' lead to 66-43. Madras did not hold back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Indians 27-8 in the final frame.

Madras coasted to a 82-49 victory with Miller leading the way with 23 points on four 3-pointers. Patt was right behind him with 20 points on five made 3-pointers. Madras was able to make 14 3-pointers as a team.

The White Buffalos played the Estacada Rangers on Tuesday, Feb. 19, passed the Madras Pioneer deadline. The game was both senior night and the last home game for head coach Evan Brown.

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