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Senior Dapri Miller sinks thee to send game into overtime; Buffalos win 64-57 against Sisters High School.

STEELE HAUGEN - Senior Dapri Miller scored 36 points and made a game tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to help the Buffs' beat Sisters 64-58 in overtime Jan. 7.Madras played 6A Mountain View in Bend Jan. 10 and lost to the Cougars 84-47.

The White Buffalos could not keep up with Mountain View in the first half as the Cougars took a 46-28 lead.

Madras fought hard in the third quarter but were outscored 20-7 in the fourth quarter.

After Mountains View's 84-47 victory over Madras, the 6A Cougars moved to 7-3 on the season.

Donnie Bagley had a good game for Madras, scoring 21 points. Bagley went seven for 10 at the free throw line and made two 3-pointers. Dapri Miller added 16 points for the White Buffalos, and Derek Main added six points.

"Mountain View had some size that gave us some problems, but they did a really good job of executing offensively and defensively," head coach Nick Brown said. "They did an excellent job sharing the basketball. We struggled on both ends of the floor, but I was really happy with our effort, especially early in the third quarter. We started getting after them and cut the lead to 15 but could never really get over that hump."

Overtime is Sisters

The Madras boys basketball team won an exciting thriller overtime game against Sisters Jan. 7. The overtime victory was set up by a game-tying 3-pointer by senior Dapri Miller, who scored 36 points in the Buffs' 64-58 victory.

Sisters came out swinging, taking a 10-0 lead over Madras to start the game. After the run, a basket by Donnie Bagley and a 3-pointer by Dapri Miller cut the Outlaw lead to five.

Miller made two free throws at the end of the opening quarter, but Sisters held onto a 12-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Outlaws started the quarter on an 8-2 run, taking a 20-9 lead over Madras before Jesse McDonald made a pair of free throws and Bagley hit a shot from behind the arc, cutting Sisters' lead down to six.

Bagley also hit a 3-pointer to close out the first half, leaving Sisters with a 25-18 lead over the White Buffalos at the halfway point.

Madras was fighting hard in the third quarter to take the lead and a basketball by Miller cut the Outlaw lead to one, but a few plays later, Sisters extended their lead to 36-31.

Miller made another basket, this time at the end of the third quarter, and Madras was down 37-33 at the start of the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Outlaws were keeping the Buffalos at bay. A 3-pointer by Derek Main cut the Sisters lead down to 43-40, but Sisters made a pair of free throws to extend their lead to five with short time left in the game.

With around one minute left, Main was able to get to the rim for a score, and after the Outlaws missed two crucial free throws, the Buffalos were able to get the ball back with a chance to tie the game.

Miller dribbled to the corner and took one last heave, the shot went in, and Madras geared up for an overtime showdown with the Outlaws.

Bagley scored the first basket of overtime, which was quickly followed by two free throws by Miller, giving the Buffs a 51-47 lead.

A few plays later, Sam Nicklous made a 3-pointer for the Outlaws, making the score 57-56 with around one minute left in overtime.

Miller hit another basket for Madras and Main hit two big free throws to give the White Buffalos a 61-56 lead.

The Outlaws were forced to foul, and two free throws by Miller sealed a 64-58 victory over Sisters.

Miller, who scored 36 points for the Buffs, made 15 of 18 free throws, and hit three 3-pointers for the Buffs. Bagley added 14 points and Main nine.

"It was a really fun game for the guys," head coach Nick Brown said. "We struggled in the first half a little bit to score, but we also struggled playing pressure defense in the first half. We struggled to get after them defensively and just kind of turned a switch in the second half. We got out and started to deny passing, really getting after it on defense and really helped get our offense going as well. We chipped their lead little by little, and Dapri Miller hit a game tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime. In overtime we almost scored on every possession. We were really efficient in overtime and was able to get some much needed stops down the stretch.

"These games are huge for us and the development of the program," he said. "It is great for us to play in these close games, especially in preseason before league games get started. That way we are battle tested before league starts. Once those league games come up, hopefully we know what it feels like to be in those close situations, and nothing surprises us."

Madras travels to Valley Catholic, playing at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. They start league play at home against Corbett at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

"We are excited to face Valley Catholic Friday and then get right into league," said Brown. "I think with our league, it has some really tough teams with Gladstone and North Marion, but I think we have just as good of a shot as everyone to compete with those teams. We will look forward to those big challenges in league play, and if we make the playoffs, that competitive league at the top will really help us."


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