White Buffalos upset by Corbett Cardinals
The Corbett boys basketball team kept its playoff hopes alive with a dominating 54-33 home win over Madras to start the second cycle of the Tri-Valley Conference schedule Friday night.
The Cardinals took charge early when Nolan Han dove to the floor to complete a steal, pushing the ball ahead to teammate Joe Fundak, who dribbled past half court and put on a spin move at the arc to find his way to the hoop for a 19-11 lead.
Moments later, Fundak drove the lane again, this time drawing a pair of defenders before leaving the ball off for center Mason Wright to finish at the front of the rim.
Fundak kept finding his way to the basket, splitting two defenders on the perimeter and crossing through traffic in the lane before coming out the other side and putting a shot off the glass for a 27-14 lead.
Madras senior Donnie Bagley swiped a steal late in the first half and was fouled on his way to the basket. He sank both free throws to bring the White Buffaloes within 27-17 at the break.
Madras went to a full-court press to start the second half, and it caused numerous turnovers, but both sides suffered a cold streak shooting. They hit just one bucket apiece to move the score to 29-19 midway through the third quarter.
Corbett guard Luke Finn slashed to the basket on back-to-back possessions to grow the Cardinals' lead to 15 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Madras created a turnover at the start of the fourth quarter when Derek Main went up high to deflect Luke Finn's pass straight up. Teammate Cole White left his feet to pull down the tipped pass, then fired it ahead to Bagley, who was again fouled on his way to the hoop. This time he made one of his two shots, and Madras remained behind 38-24.
Corbett put the game out of reach 42-26 when Fundak, Finn and Lane Fort broke the press with a series of criss-cross passes. The possession ended with Fundak getting the ball back on the edge of the court, driving the baseline and finding Wright across the lane for an easy two.
Corbett (8-10) pulled to within a game of Madras for a spot in the top half of the Tri-Valley with two weeks left in the regular season.
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