Buff start hoop season with losses to Molalla
The Madras White Buffalo boys basketball team opened their season with very limited practice as several key team members were still playing either baseball or running track when practice first started.
The lack of practice showed as Madras dropped a pair of close games to Molalla. Madras hosted the Indians on Tuesday, falling 52-48. Then, on the road on Thursday, Madras was once again in the game to the end before falling 47-41.
Both games were decided by one quarter. At Madras, the White Buffalos got off to a good start, outscoring the Indians 10-8 in the first quarter. Madras still led 19-18 at the half. However, the White Buffalos failed to keep the momentum as Molalla outscored Madras 16-13 in the third quarter to take a 34-32 lead.
As in the first game, the two teams traded baskets for much of the fourth quarter, before Molalla finally pulled away late to take the victory.
Seneca Ball scored 13 to lead the White Buffalos, while Jordan Mitchell was also in double figures with 12.
Molalla was led by Jacob Watson, who led all scorers with 18.
In Thursday's game, the White Buffalos jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but fell behind late in the first quarter as Molalla outscored Madras 13-8 in the period. The two teams played even in the second quarter with Molalla taking a 25-20 lead at the half.
Madras came out on fire in the third quarter, outscoring the Indians 20-17 in the frame to close to within a bucket at 42-40.
The two teams then traded baskets for much of the fourth quarter as Molalla held on for the win.
Mitchell all players in scoring with 26 points for the White Buffalos. Mitchell also pulled down 12 rebounds in the game. Isaiah Cochran chipped in with eight points for the White Buffalos.
Molalla was led by James Sanders with 12 points and Jacob Watson with 10.
The White Buffalos hosted Trinity Lutheran on Monday, then returned to league play on Tuesday when they were at Estacada. The Rangers and White Buffalos square off again on Thursday when the two teams play at 7 p.m. in Madras.
Madras won the Monday night affair with Trinity Lutheran in another low-scoring affair, 49-42.
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