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Madras White Buffalos boys basketball loses close game to North Marion Huskies 55-48 at home Feb. 14.

STEELE HAUGEN - Madras' Isaiah Cochran drives spins toward the hoop during the Buffs' 55-48 home loss to North Marion Feb. 14.The Madras White Buffalos could not complete an upset over the Tri-Valley league leader North Marion in a 55-48 home loss for Madras.

The Huskies moved to 6-0 in the TVC, while the Buffs dropped to 3-4.

Early in the first quarter, a drive by Johnny Page and a lay-in by Brady Hansen gave the Huskies an early 7-0 lead. The Buffs responded with a hard drive to the rim by Dapri Miller and a 3-pointer by Derek Main to cut the lead to two points.

A few plays later, back-to-back putback baskets by the Huskies gave North Marion a 15-9 lead. Near the end of the quarter, Madras went on a 6-2 run set up by two hard drives to the rim by Miller. That gave North Marion a 17-15 lead over Madras.

On a hard drive to the basket, Hansen finished off a quick 6-0 run to start the quarter for North Marion but was stopped by a Donnie Bagley floater for the Buffs.

A few plays later, a reverse lay-in by Peyton Meyers and a post move by Page gave the Huskies a 30-23 lead, and Madras head coach Nick Brown called a timeout with 3:31 left in the half.

Page scored on another post move to close out the half, and North Marion had a 33-25 lead at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Main was able to get a quick steal and lay-in for Madras, and North Marion head coach Tully Wagner called a quick timeout.

Near the end of the third quarter, Miller hit two 3-pointers and a lay-in, as Madras went on a 9-0 run to close out the quarter and tie the game at 38 heading into the final quarter of play. Madras outscored the Huskies 13-5 in the third quarter.

The White Buffalos were aggressive trying to steal the ball at the end of the game but left the hoop undefended, and North Marion was able to get several easy baskets to close out the game.

Sergio Jimenez assisted or scored the last 12 points for North Marion as they went on a 12-5 run to close out the White Buffalos for a 55-48 loss.

Jimenez led the Huskies in scoring with 20 points, going 8-for-9 on free throw attempts. Page was behind him with 12 points. Miller led Madras in scoring with 19 points, and Bagley ended the night with 11.

Madras will celebrate senior night on their last home game for the year Thursday, Feb. 20, against Molalla at 7 p.m. They end the season traveling to Estacada, facing the Rangers Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

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