The Madras boys basketball team brought home a 4A state basketball trophy for the first time since 2000.
The White Buffalos were ready for the state tournament and were led by point guard Jered Pichette, the Tri-Valley Conference player of the year. Madras also had 6-foot, 8-inch Brent Sullivan, 6-foot, 6-inch Bryce Rehwinkel and Aidan Goodwin, 6-foot, 4-inch Devon Wolfe, Sean LeRiche, and Voshaun Bryant. They also had Dalton Herkshan (6-3), Shae Yeahqou (6-2), Austin Rauschenberg (6-1), Chad Lindgren and Aaron Winishut.
This was one of the rare times the Buffalos had height on their team and a crafty point guard to score and facilitate. Madras was coached by Allen Hair.
Madras came into the tournament ranked No. 11 in 4A and lost to the No. 2-ranked Philomath Warriors 41-30. The Buffalos were matched up against the No. 3-ranked North Valley team next and came away with a 52-44 victory and a chance to play for third or sixth place.
Pichette led the team in scoring against North Valley with 24 points and eight assists. Sulivan notched 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Madras played the No. 9-ranked Cascade Cougars, and it looked like they were going to bring home the fourth place trophy as they took an eight-point lead but lost the game in the final second 51-49 to place sixth.
Pichette was named to the second team all-tournament team, and the White Buffalos were also awarded with the sportsmanship trophy. They finished the season with a 21-8 overall record.
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