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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 leaders 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. North Marion had a 17-15 lead over Madras.

A hard drive to the basket Hansen finished off a quick 6-0 run to start the quarter for North Marion, but the run 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 called Tully Wagner 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 38-38 heading into the final quarter of play. Madras outscored the Huskies 13-5 in the third quarter.

The White Buffalos went into a 1-3-1 zone defense in the final quarter the would lead to several easy baskets for the Huskies. Madras was able to get to the free throw line, but went 4-for-10 at the stripe.

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.

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