MadVille B-Ball tips off new season

Posted 11/26/19

A shorthanded Madisonville Mustangs basketball squad dropped their season opener 73-67 to Anderson-Shiro at home Friday after orchestrating a second half comeback attempt against the Owls.

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MadVille B-Ball tips off new season

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A shorthanded Madisonville Mustangs basketball squad dropped their season opener 73-67 to Anderson-Shiro at home Friday after orchestrating a second half comeback attempt against the Owls.

“The game served the purpose of getting these young guys a real good taste of 4A varsity basketball,” said head coach Chris Reid. “I think we definitely got something good out of it from that end. I would have liked to win the game, but the boys gave it all they had. We will move onto the next one and be okay.”

Madisonville was without Tyrese Brown, Andarius Morning and Dylan Stanley in the opener. Morning returned to the floor Monday while Stanley is expected back on Saturday. Brown continues to nurse an injury sustained at the conclusion of the football season.

Instead, the Mustangs were led by sophomore guards Rodney Brooks and Wayne Roundtree. Brooks posted 26 points in the loss to lead the Mustangs and Roundtree added 16 more. Both players combined for seven three-point field goals, four of which came from Brooks.

“I thought we did a much better job on (shot selection),” said Reid, who emphasized the need for improvement in this category before the season. “A lot of the three-pointers we took were good shots, we were open. We attacked the basket a whole lot more, we just did not knock down as many free throws as we should have.”

The Mustangs were just 13-for-29 from the free-throw line in the six-point loss and struggled to convert from the line down the stretch after coming back to take the lead. 10 of the missed free throws came in the fourth quarter.

Madisonville fell behind 20-10 after the first quarter of play and trailed by 12 at the halftime break. They began to work their way back into the game with the help of a strong full-court press midway through the third quarter.

Roundtree cut the deficit to one with a technical foul shot and Xzavier Whatley went on to split a pair of free-throws on the ensuing possession to even the game at 59.

Brooks gave the Mustangs their first advantage of the second half with a steal off the full-court pressure and layup to put Madisonville up two early in the fourth quarter.

The Owls would then go on an 11-5 run during the critical stretch in the fourth quarter to take the lead. They would ultimately survive Madisonville’s second half surge.

The Mustangs dropped their second matchup of the season against Coldspring-Oakhurst on Monday by a score of 98-56.

They will return to the court following Thanksgiving with a tournament at Worthington High School in Houston on Saturday.

The Mustangs will not return home until Dec. 17. They will battle Sealy and Waco-Connally at MHS before hosting the Madisonville Holiday Invitational on Dec. 27 and 28.

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