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Win against Bend private school is so far only victory for MHS basketball squad

LON AUSTIN  - Seneca Ball looks to pass durng the Buffs' 49-42 win over Trinity Lutheran May 17. After going 0-2, the Madras White Buffalo boys basketball team picked up a win last Monday when they edged Trinity Lutheran 49-42 in a non-league basketball game.

Unfortunately for the White Buffalos, they struggled again in league, falling twice to Estacada in a pair of games later in the week.

On the road on Tuesday, the White Buffalos fell 72-58 to the Rangers. At home on Thursday, Madras stayed close for a half, before finally falling 60-41 to the Rangers.

Against Trinity Lutheran, the White Buffalos struggled early as the Bend school scored a pair of early field goals to take a 4-0 lead. Madras clawed back to take their first lead of the game at 8-6. However, the Saints scored the final field goal of the quarter as they took a 9-8 lead to end the period.

The two teams traded baskets in the second quarter as Trinity Lutheran went into the half still leading by a point at 21-20.

"We had our talk at halftime," Madras senior Derrek Main said. "We had coaches say things and we said things to just mold us together again and we came out together as a team."

The Saints held the lead the entire third quarter, but couldn't shake the White Buffalos as the two teams went into the fourth quarter with Trinity Lutheran still leading by one, 32-31.

Trinity Lutheran held their final lead of the game at 37-36, but from that point on it was all Madras. The White Buffalos outscored the Saints 13-5 down the stretch as they pulled away for the win.

"Our defense really cracked down in the fourth quarter," Madras head coach Nick Brown said following the game. "We were able to get out and pressure them in the fourth and force some really really tough shots."

Trinity Lutheran's Scoot Gilbert led all scorers with 31 points. However, Gilbert had just three points in the fourth quarter as the White Buffalo defense finally shut him down.

"34 for them (Gilbert), you have to give him a lot of credit," Brown said. "He made a lot of really tough shots throughout the game and finally we had a few bounce our way and we just kept contesting and forcing him into tough shots."

Not only did the Madras defense finally shut Gilbert down in the fourth quarter, their offense also did a better job of getting to the basket.

"That was the other piece, is offensively we were a lot more aggressive in the fourth quarter," Brown said. "A lot more aggressive, but a lot more patient. That's what we want is we love layins and free throws, so we have to be a lot more aggressive getting to that free throw line and we did that there in the fourth."

Madras was led by Jordan Mitchell with 12 points, while Seneca Ball added nine and both Main and Isaiah Cochran finished with eight.

"I'm just happy to be back in basketball with no mask, you know, being fully vaccinated and having a basketball season finally," Main said. "It feels good, now we just have to keep this momentum rolling."

Unfortunately that didn't happen. Tuesday at Estacada, the Rangers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Madras kept things close for three quarters, but could never take the lead. The Rangers led 18-12 at the end of one period, 38-30 at the half and 51-44 at the end of three periods.

The fourth quarter was all Rangers as Estacada outscored the White Buffalos 21-14 to win going away.

Estacada's Elijah Crombie led all scorers with 24. The Rangers Justin Lang was also in double figures with 19, while Dominic Nacoste and Dominic Tellis each scored nine.

The White Buffalos were led by Ball with 21 and Mitchell with 11. Jesse McDonald was also in double figures with 10, while Cochran finished with eight points.

Thursday's home game against the Rangers looked very much like Tuesday's road game. Estacada led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter and 29-25 at the half. However, Madras could not keep pace in the second half as the Rangers outscored Madras 15-8 in the third quarter and 16-8 in the fourth to win going away.

Lang led all scorers with 21 points for the Rangers while Crombie finished with 17.

Madras was led by Mitchell with 17 while Ball was also in double figures with 13.

Madras is now 1-4 on the year and 0-4 in Tri-Valley Conference play, while Estacada improved to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in league.

The White Buffalos host North Marion, 0-4 overall, 0-3 in conference play, Tuesday, then go on the road to take on the Huskies on Thursday with both games scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Madras 49, Trinity Lutheran 42

at Madras

Trinity Lutheran 9 12 11 10 – 42

Madras 8 12 11 18 – 49

Three-point goals – Trinity Lutheran: Gilbert 4. Madras: Main 2, Strong, Ball.

Trinity Lutheran – Scooty Gilbert 31, Pearson 7, Utu 2, Milandin 2, Leibner, Valentine. Totals: 13 12-20 42.

Madras – Jordan Mitchell 12, Ball 9, Cochran 8, Main 8, Strong 5, Boyle 4, McDonald 3, Heath, Hulsey. Totals: 21 3-11 49.

Estacada 72, Madras 56

at Estacada

Madras 12 18 14 14 – 56

Estacada 18 20 13 21 – 72

Three-point goals – Madras: Strong, Ball. Estacada: Tellis 3, Crombie, Schaffer.

Madras – Seneca Ball 21, Mitchell 11, McDonald 10, Cochran 8, Strong 3, Boyle 2, Hulsey 2, Main 1, Heath. Totals: 18 20-31 58.

Estacada – Elijah Crombie 24, Lang 19, Nacoste 9, Tellis 9, Schaffer 5, White 3, Elmore 2, Sittner 1, Hadley. Totals: 22 23-29 72.

Estacada 60, Madras 41

at Madras

Estacada 15 14 15 16 – 60

Madras 9 16 8 8 – 41

Estacada – Justin Lang 21, Crombie 17, Nacoste 8, Tellis 6, White 4, Hadley 2, Schaffer 2. Totals: 23 11-17 60.

Madras – Jordan Mitchell 17, Ball 13, McDonald 3, Main 3, Heath 3, Hulsey 2, Strong, Boyle. Totals: 16 4-5 41.


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