MadVille B-Ball to host holiday tourney

Posted 12/24/19

The Madisonville basketball team dropped a pair of home contests before the holiday break with a 63-58 loss to Sealy on Dec. 17 and a 64-36 loss to highly-touted Waco-Connally Friday. The Mustangs have had the week off and will host the 2019 Madisonville Holiday Invitational Friday and Saturday.

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MadVille B-Ball to host holiday tourney

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The Madisonville basketball team dropped a pair of home contests before the holiday break with a 63-58 loss to Sealy on Dec. 17 and a 64-36 loss to highly-touted Waco-Connally Friday. The Mustangs have had the week off and will host the 2019 Madisonville Holiday Invitational Friday and Saturday.

The Mustangs used a 21-point third quarter to fight their way back into the game against Sealy at MHS. They would ultimately miss 17 free throws in the five-point loss.

“We need to learn how to put four quarters together and make our free throws,” said head coach Chris Reid. “We did not put four quarters together (against Sealy). We got down early and battled back in the second half, but we had dug ourselves a hole.“

Armando Juarez led the Mustangs in scoring with 16 points in the loss. He was followed by Ronaldo Willis with 14, Rodney Brooks with 11 and Dylan Stanley with nine.

The Mustangs remained at MHS for their final contest before the break against Waco-Connally, who entered play ranked number 11 in the 4A Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC) UIL rankings.

The Cadets jumped out to an early lead at MHS and overpowered the Mustangs on their way to a 28-point win.

“(Connally) is a very good team,” Reid said. “I would argue they may even better than their ranking. They are very well coached with veteran, Division 1 athletes. All in all, our boys battled and fought hard. I was very pleased with their effort.”

Juarez and Wayne Roudtree each led Madisonville in scoring with 10 points apiece. They were followed by Stanley with six and Doug’kyrn Johnson with four.

12 teams will compete in this year’s edition of the Madisonville Holiday Invitational at MHS. They will be broken into four pools (Pools A-D). The Mustangs will open their slate of games Friday at 9 a.m. in the main gym against Grand Oaks. They will take the floor of the main gym again at noon against Hempstead.

Other Friday matchups at MHS include Rudder vs. Teague (9 a.m., auxiliary gym), Ball vs. La Vega (10:30 a.m., main gym), Brenham vs. Mexia (10:30 a.m., auxiliary gym), Teague vs. Shepherd (noon, auxiliary gym), Mexia vs. Anderson (1:30 p.m., main gym), Tarkington vs. Ball (1:30 p.m., auxiliary gym), Shepherd vs. Rudder (3 p.m., main gym), Grand Oaks vs. Hempstead (3 p.m., auxiliary gym), La Vega vs. Tarkington (4:30 p.m., main gym) and Anderson vs. Brenham (4:30 p.m., auxiliary gym).

Saturday’s matchups, which will take place during the same time slots, will be determined based on the outcome of Friday’s games. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Championships will take place in the main gym at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively, with the three bracket consolation matches taking place at the corresponding times in the auxiliary gym.

Hempstead won last year’s Madisonville Holiday Invitational with a victory over Cleveland in the championship. The number of participating teams has been increased in this year’s edition.

“Tournaments help you become battle tested because you play a lot of different teams in a short amount of time,” Reid said. “You play teams that may have different styles. Also, they give us all an opportunity to learn from our peers. Not only do we play a lot of games, but we get to watch a lot of games, too.”

It will be Madisonville’s final varsity tournament before the district season. They will, however, compete in four more single matchups before league play opens Jan. 17.

The district opener will take place at Rusk. The team’s first league matchup at MHS will see the Mustangs host defending district champion Palestine on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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