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Madras White Buffalos basketall squad loses close game to Hidden Valley Mustangs 45-42 in season opener.

STEELE HAUGEN - Derek Main shows his agility shaking off a Hidden Valley defender for a lay-in during the Buffs' 45-42 loss to the Mustangs Dec. 4.The Madras boys basketball team lost their season opener to Hidden Valley 45-42 in a close game Dec. 4 at home.

Hidden Valley scored the first points of the game, taking an early lead. A few plays later, a hardworking Jesse McDonald grabbed an offensive rebound and putback to tie the game 7-7. Donnie Bagley hit a 3-pointer, assisted by Dapri Miller, giving the Buffs a 10-7 lead.

The Buffalos ended the first quarter with a 12-9 lead, holding the Mustangs to a low scoring opening quarter.

Derrek Main stole the ball and made a wide-open lay-in to start the second quarter, extending the Buffs' lead. A few plays later, McDonald scored on another putback, and Madras took a 16-10 lead.

Madras point guard Miller drove hard to the basket and created some space with a beautiful spin move. The spin made the Hidden Valley defense collapse, allowing Miller to find a wide-open McDonald for a lay-in.

Hidden Valley was still battling for points, but a post-up score by Gabe Burchfield, followed by a 3-pointer made by Jonathan Byrd, cut Madras' lead down to 20-17.

The next play, Miller found Bagley on a great back cut for an easy bucket. Near the end of the quarter, Main had another steal for an open lay-in, and Madras had a 24-19 lead with around 1:00 left in the half.

Hidden Valley scored on a post move at the end of the half, and the White Buffalos had a 24-21 lead heading into the third quarter.

Bagley scored the first points for Madras in the second half, making another 3-pointer. The Mustangs countered on a made basket off a post move. Miller was able to steal the ball from the Mustangs and finish the play on the other end with a floater. Madras extended their lead to 29-24.

Hidden Valley was able to get to the free throw line early and often in the second half, and the Mustangs cut the lead down to 29-28. Burchfield hit a mid-range jumper, giving the Mustangs their first lead of the game since the start of the first quarter.

A floater by Bagley and a hard drive to the hoop by Main gave Madras a 33-31 lead, and Hidden Valley called a timeout with 2:15 left in the quarter.

After the timeout, Jordan Mitchell scored a tough lay-in off of a Miller pass, and the White Buffalos had a 35-31 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

Byrd hit a shot for Hidden Valley to start the quarter, but Main was able to counter with a 3-pointer for Madras off the assist by Miller.

Lawrence Matusik was able to use his 6-foot-4-inch height to score in the post and later showed his range from the outside, sinking a 3-pointer, tying the game at 38.

Mitchell was able to find some space for an open jumper, giving Madras the lead back, but a hard drive to the rim by Byrd of Hidden Valley tied the game back up at 40-40. Madras head coach Nick Brown called a timeout with 3:41 left in the game.

After the timeout, Byrd hit a 3-pointer and with short time left, Madras called another timeout, this time with 1:26 on the clock.

Mitchell soared for an offensive rebound and putback, cutting the Hidden Valley lead down to 43-42 with 38 seconds left.

The Buffalos fouled Hidden Valley with 19 seconds left, and Byrd hit both bonus free throws, giving the Mustangs a 45-42 lead.

Coach Brown called a timeout to set up a good play for Madras. The Buffs ran the play well, and Miller was able to find a good look behind the arc, but the shot fell just short.

Hidden Valley was fouled but missed the free throw, and Madras called another timeout with three seconds left, down by three. The heave from the Madras baseline was intercepted by Hidden Valley, and the Buffalos lost to the Mustangs, 45-42.

Bagley was the leading scorer for Madras with 15 points, and Main was next with 10. Hidden Valley was led by Byrd, who scored 15 points.

Madras hosts a tournament Dec. 13-14. They play The Dalles at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and they play at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with an opponent to be determined.

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