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The White Buffalos nearly came back from down 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the late push came up just short.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Madras point guard Seneca Ball goes in for two of his team-leading 24 points during the White Buffalos' 72-68 loss to Baker on Friday, Jan. 7. Ball has been Madras' leading scorer all year long.A furious comeback try was too little, too late for the Buffs last Friday.

After trailing by 13 points with just over five minutes to play, the Madras boys stormed back but came up just short, falling 72-68 to Baker at home.

Seneca Ball led the Buffs with 24 points, while Hekili Harry and Skytus Smith each added 18 points. Harry and Smith combined for 11 made 3-pointers, three of which came during Madras' late run. Wade Simmelink and Dru Boyle rounded out the scoring with five and three points, respectively.

Facing a 66-53 deficit midway through the fourth quarter, the White Buffalos dug deep and put together an admirable string of play, but Madras simply ran out of time to close the gap. The Buffs got as close as three points in the dying seconds of the game, but Baker sealed its victory at the free throw line.

The following day, the White Buffalos were handed a 70-44 loss by the Tigers of La Grande. Boyle led the Buffs in scoring with 12 points in Saturday's game, but Ball was held to just two points in the contest. Harry had 11 points, including three more 3-pointers.

With this latest pair of losses, Madras drops to 4-8 on the season as Tri-Valley play looms just around the corner.


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