In the team's season-opening loss to Ridgeview, Madras sophomore Seneca Ball showed a willingness to lead by example.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Madras sophomore Seneca Ball led the White Buffalos with 23 points in the team's season-opening 60-52 loss to Ridgeview on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Ball says he is ready to be the top option in the Buffs' offense.He may not be the biggest player on the roster, but Seneca Ball is ready to carry the Buffs on his back.

In Madras' opening game of the season, the sophomore guard went off for 23 points against a bigger, stronger Ridgeview side. The Ravens (2-1) used a strong third quarter to build a lead, and they held on for 60-52 win over the White Buffalos (0-1).

On stepping up as the team's top option on offense, Ball says he is up to the task.

"I've got to try to lead my team," said Ball, "and I've got to try to keep getting better every day."

After the game, Ball mentioned that he was happy to be back out on the floor in a more normal setting than the team played in last spring.

"It means a lot," said Ball, whose freshman season was derailed for four games due to an ankle injury. "Last year was tough. It was COVID, so we didn't get to play as much. Last year, we didn't get to play in front of many fans. So yeah, I'm glad to be back."

Seniors Hekili Harry and Jayson Main tied for second on Madras (0-1) in scoring with seven points apiece, while posts Dru Boyle and Skytus Smith each pitched in six. Size was a factor throughout the game, as Ridgeview worked effectively in the paint.

After beginning the season with only one December game on the docket, the athletic department at Madras High was able to score a few more non-league games.

Madras scored its first victory of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 7, beating the Saints of Trinity Lutheran (1A) 73-66 in Bend. Another potential scoring threat emerged, as Boyle posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, also adding three steals.

The Buffs will be back at home this weekend, with a rematch against Ridgeview on Friday night, followed by a Saturday evening tussle with visiting Woodburn. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, with an earlier start time of 5 for the Saturday game.

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