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MHS starts off with effective trap to build a good first quarter lead, but they can't hold it

LON AUSTIN  - Dylan Heath flicks a pass during the Buffs' loss at home to North Marion The Madras White Buffalo boys basketball team lost a pair of games to North Marion last week, falling 65-49 at home on Tuesday, then losing to the Huskies at North Marion on Thursday by a 53-33 score.

The White Buffalos opened Tuesday's game in a half-court trap, and the defense worked to perfection as Madras jumped out to a big early lead. The White Buffalos led 24-15 at the end of the first quarter.

However, North Marion came roaring back, outscoring Madras 20-5 in the second period to take a 35-29 halftime lead. North Marion increased their lead to 54-37 at the end of the third period. Madras outscored the Huskies by a point in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late as the damage had already been done.

Jesse McDonald and Jordan Mitchell led the White Buffalos in scoring with 12 points apiece, while Seneca Ball was also in double figures with 10 and Dylan Heath chipped in with five.

Peyton Meyers led the Huskies in scoring with 20.

On Thursday, Madras once again got off to a good start, taking a 16-13 lead at the end of one quarter. The White Buffalos led 22-21 at the half, but once again could not keep the momentum as North Marion outscored Madras 32-11 in the second half.

Mitchell led Madras in scoring with 17, while Mason Strong chipped in with six. Once again, North Marion was led by Meyers, this time with 17 points.

With the losses, the White Buffalos have dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in conference play, while North Marion improved to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in league.

The White Buffalos have a busy week ahead. Madras played at Corbett on Tuesday. The team is back at home tonight when they host the Bend Lava Bears. Madras is back in Tri-Valley Conference action on Thursday when they host Corbett. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.


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