Mustangs drop two in district

Posted 1/28/20

The Madisonville Mustangs dropped a pair of matchups to Palestine (81-45) Jan. 21 at MHS and to Fairfield Friday (70-55) to fall to 1-2 in district play. The team concluded their first round of district Tuesday with a road matchup in Mexia.

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Mustangs drop two in district

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The Madisonville Mustangs dropped a pair of matchups to Palestine (81-45) Jan. 21 at MHS and to Fairfield Friday (70-55) to fall to 1-2 in district play. The team concluded their first round of district Tuesday with a road matchup in Mexia.

“Regardless of how hard you play or well you defend, if you shoot 19-for-73 against Palestine and turn around and shoot 19-for-74 against Fairfield, it is nearly impossible to win,” said head coach Chris Reid.

The Mustangs led Fairfield by one at the halftime break Friday before surrendering 26 points in the third quarter and falling behind. They were outscored 40-25 in the second half.

“(Fairfield) capitalized on the free throw opportunities they got, and we did not shoot well from the line on our side,” said Reid. “They hit the shots they needed to hit and we struggled as the game went on.”

Armando Juarez led the Mustangs in scoring in the loss to Fairfield with 17 points. He was followed by Xzavier Whaley with nine points and Dylan Standley with eight.

On Jan. 21, the Mustangs fell behind early against Palestine at home and could never fight their way back into the game. The team managed just 41 points in another tough day from the field.

“It is just repetition and form,” said Reid on the team’s shooting struggles. “We are correcting some bad habits a lot of kids have developed over the years. It takes a lot of time and repetition, and we can make some improvements, but it is not going to happen overnight.”

Juarez led the team with 16 points against Palestine and was followed by Wayne Roundtree with eight.

Madisonville tried to right the ship in a road matchup against first place Mexia Tuesday to conclude the first round of district play. They have a scheduled bye date Friday before returning to the court against Rusk Feb. 4.

“We are just trying to stay positive, keep working hard and shooting everyday,” said Reid. “We are trying to break out of this shooting slump we are in and win some games.”

The Feb. 4 matchup against Rusk will take place at MHS at 7:30 p.m. Three of the team’s final four district matchups will come at home.

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