The Madisonville Varsity basketball team competed in the West Kolache Classic over the weekend and picked up a couple of wins in what was an up-and-down performance as a whole.
“I saw some positive things in certain areas of play this past weekend,” said Madisonville head basketball Coach Chris Reid. “But overall, we did not play to the level of our capability and we have a lot to work on.”
The Mustangs split their action on day one of the tournament with a loss to Rice and a win over Little River Academy.
In the 64-45 loss to Rice, Senior Aaron Nellums and Freshman Andarius Morning each led the team in scoring with 10 points apiece. Junior Tyrese Brown led the way with a 20-point performance against Little River and the Freshman Morning recorded nine in that contest.
Morning is averaging close to 10 points per game so far throughout the early portion of the season, which is good for the team’s second-leading scorer. He is also averaging five rebounds per game.
“Any time a program is in a rebuilding phase, you hope to get contributions from your younger players,” said Reid. “For a freshman on Varsity, (Morning’s) contributions have been very good. He is a gifted athlete but still very raw and inexperienced. I am excited to see what he does over the next few years.”
At the West Kolache Classic, the Mustangs also split a pair of games on Friday with a loss to Robinson and a win over McGregor.
On Saturday, the Mustangs surrendered a 16-point lead to fall to West by a score of 66-63. Morning posted 10 points in the loss while Senior Keyon Johnson led the way for the Mustangs with 16.
Madisonville continues to fight through the regular season eager to learn with a young roster. The only returning starter and player with significant Varsity experience is Tyrese Brown. Of the team’s five seniors, only two played varsity at all last year while two played JV and another did not play at all.
On top of that, they have only had their entire roster together for two of their 10 games so far this season.
“We are truly young and inexperienced,” said Reid. “We will continue to gel as a unit as we approach district play and compete the best we can.”
The Mustangs hosted Aggieland Home School on Tuesday and will travel to Navasota on Friday.