Patience pays off for Madras boys basketball
The Madras White Buffalos boys basketball team took care of business Feb. 4, beating the Estacada Rangers 50-38 at home. After the game, Madras moved to third in the Tri-Valley Conference with a 3-2 TVC record. Estacada moved to fifth in the TVC with a 1-4 record.
Madras' Donnie Bagley found Dapri Miller in the corner for a 3-pointer to start the game, and the next play, Derek Main passed to Bagley in the corner for a made basket from behind the arc, giving the Buffs a 6-0 lead to start the game.
Estacada's Nico Snyder ended the Buffalos' run with a floater, but Bagley answered with a floater himself, followed by a quick steal and score by Alex Smith-Morales. Madras quickly took a 10-2 lead, and Estacada head coach Kyle Gilstad called a timeout with 6:19 left in the opening quarter.
Main found Bagley in the corner for another 3-pointer, giving Bagley eight of the Buffs' first 13 points.
"We got out to a really good start at the beginning, and that is what helped us to push on and keep going," Bagley said.
The Rangers went on an 8-0 run, thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Eli Crombie, and Estacada cut the Madras lead to three. Bagley scored again for Madras, this time at the end of the first quarter, and the Buffalos took a 15-10 lead.
The Buffalos were in a 1-2-2 half-court trap, and the Rangers ran a 2-3 zone defense in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, both teams were able to get to the free-throw line early, and Madras held onto a six-point lead before Bagley hit a mid-range jumper to give the Buffs a 22-14 lead.
Madras used excellent defense mixed with a patient style of offense against the Rangers' zone defense. The Buffs held the Rangers to five points in the second quarter to take a 24-15 lead at halftime.
Snyder scored on a fast break for Estacada to start the second half, but a few plays later, Bagley hit another 3-pointer and stole the inbounds pass for an easy lay-in.
Madras had a 30-17 lead, with Bagley scoring 18 of the Buffs' 30 points.
A few plays later, Estacada's Nathan Hagel hit a shot from behind the arc, and the Rangers called a timeout down 33-20 with 3:16 left in the third quarter.
After the timeout, Miller hit a 3-pointer for Madras, but the Rangers closed out the quarter on a 6-0 run, slicing the Buffalos' lead to 10.
Isaiah Cochran soared for an offensive rebound, which led to another Miller 3-pointer, and Madras was up 39-26. Isaiah Shaffer scored on a tip for the Rangers, but the basket was matched by a Bagley steal and a lay-in for the Buffs.
Jordan Mitchell scored on a drive to the rim, and the Rangers called a timeout down 44-30 with 4:45 left in the game.
Bagley found a cutting Miller for an easy bucket, and the next play, Bagley made a pair of free throws to give the Buffs a 48-30 lead.
Hagel hit a 3-pointer for Estacada, and Schaffer leaked out for a fast break as the Rangers narrowed the Madras lead to 13. Bagley was called for a charge and hit the ground hard. The Buffs' leading scorer, with 27 points, left the game with a big cut above his left eyebrow.
Hagel hit another 3-pointer for the Rangers, and Estacada called a timeout down by 10 with two minutes left in the game. Cochran scored a fast break for the Buffs, and Madras held the ball on offense to run out the clock as they beat Estacada 50-38 at home.
"Coach always says it is always better to get a great look than a good look," Bagley said about the patience of the offense. "We are in the top three in the Tri-Valley, and I just want to get to a top two position so we can have a playoff game. We need to make sure we play hard and play good defense every night."
Miller ended the game with 16 points for Madras. Hagel led the way for the Rangers with 11 points, and Schaffer added eight for Estacada.
The boys play North Marion, the No. 1-ranked 4A team in the state at home Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. They have an away game against 13-5 Gladstone Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Madras will likely need to beat either Gladstone or North Marion to make the postseason, as they are currently ranked No. 21 in 4A and are on the cusp of being ranked high enough for a play-in game.
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