Buffalos play at Oregon Holiday Hoopfest
The Madras White Buffalos boys basketball team played in the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest in Bend Dec. 27-29. The tournament hosted 6A Bend, Mountain View, Cleveland, Sheldon, 5A Pendleton, 3A La Pine, Camas, Washington, and Madras.
Madras played La Pine in their first game of the tournament and beat the Hawks 45-40. The Buffalos came out strong to start the game and outscored La Pine 16-3 in the opening quarter.
Senior Donnie Bagley scored 10 of the Buffs 16 points in the first quarter. La Pine went on a 9-3 run at the start of the second quarter, cutting the Madras lead down to seven.
Bagley scored the last seven points of the half for Madras and the Buffs held on to a 26-20 lead after the second quarter.
Dapri Miller and Dylan Heath scored the first two baskets of the second half to give Madras a 10-point lead. The Hawks battled hard to cut the Madras lead down to two, but a late third-quarter basket by Madras' Jesse McDonald gave the Buffs a 36-32 advantage heading into the final quarter.
La Pine's Alex Farnsworth cut the Buffs' lead to one, scoring on a drive and free throw after being fouled, to start of the fourth quarter. A few plays later, La Pine tied the game at 38-38 before a 3-pointer by Dapri Miller gave Madras the lead back.
Near the end of the game, the Buffs had a 43-40 lead and a pair of made free throws for Madras sealed a 45-40 victory.
Bagley was the leading scorer for Madras with 17 points and Miller ended the game with 16 points for the Buffs. La Pine's top scorer was David Matthews with 21 points.
Madras was matched up with No. 6-ranked 5A Pendleton in their next tournament game. Pendleton beat Bend 73-40 to reach the semifinals game against Madras.
Pendleton jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start, but the run was ended by an and-1 basket by Alex Smith-Morales.
A few plays later, Bagley made a 3-pointer to cut the Pendleton lead down to five. Derrek Main hit a 3-pointer for Madras near the end of the quarter but Madras was down 22-14 heading into the second quarter.
Madras was outscored 14-4 in the second and 14-6 in the third quarter. The White Buffalos were down 50-24 to start the fourth quarter. The big deficit was too much for the Buffs and Madras lost to Pendleton 78-37.
Bagley was the leading scorer with nine points for the Buffs. Miller and Jordan Mitchell both added eight points in the game. Stockton Hoffman led Pendleton in scoring with 17 points.
Sheldon, who beat Cleveland 47-40 and Camas 62-46 to reach the championship game, beat Pendleton 55-47 to win the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest.
Papermakers beat White Buffs
The White Buffalos played their final tournament game against the Camas Papermakers, a school from Washington. Camas beat Mountain View 60-57 in their first game of the tournament and lost to Sheldon 62-46 in their semifinals game.
Camas took a 9-0 lead to start the game and the Papermakers made five 3-pointers in the opening quarter to take a 29-12 lead over Madras.
Madras and Camas looked like they were going to have an even scoring second quarter, scoring 10 points apiece, but Camas hit a 3-pointer from half court to give the Papermakers a 42-22 lead at halftime.
Camas went on a 7-1 run to start the second half and outscored the Buffs 14-7 in the third quarter.
Madras' Jacob Hulsey scored all of the Buffs' six fourth-quarter points, but the Buffalos fell to Camas in a blowout, 72-35. Miller led the Buffs in scoring with nine points and Hulsey, Mitchell Bagley all added six points apiece.
The 4A White Buffalos moved to 4-7 on the season after the tournament. They are 1-5 against 5A and 6A schools and 3-2 against 3A and 4A schools this season.
Madras has a Central Oregon showdown at Sisters next. They play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. They also travel to Bend to play 6A Mountain View at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.
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