Mustangs fall in Mexia

Posted 2/4/20

The Madisonville men’s basketball team dropped a road matchup to top-ranked Mexia Jan. 28 by a score of 84-50 to fall to 1-3 after the first round of district play. The team was off Friday before battling Rusk at MHS Tuesday.

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Mustangs fall in Mexia

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The Madisonville men’s basketball team dropped a road matchup to top-ranked Mexia Jan. 28 by a score of 84-50 to fall to 1-3 after the first round of district play. The team was off Friday before battling Rusk at MHS Tuesday.

“Our boys gave a really good effort (against Mexia),” said head coach Chris Reid. “Our shooting woes continue, but the boys competed from the tipoff to the last horn. (Mexia) is just a really good group of players. They are fundamentally sound, can shoot the lights out, play well together and are all-around tough.”

Mexia posted 31 points in the second quarter to run away with the matchup early. James Randle led the team in scoring for Madisonville with 11 and was followed by Dylan Standley with nine and Armando Juarez and Xzavier Whaley with eight apiece.

The team was off Friday with a scheduled bye before tipping off the second round of district play Tuesday.

“I do not like having a bye, I would rather keep playing,” said Reid. “But it did give the boys a chance to rest their legs a little bit and reflect on some of the things we did well in district as well as some of the things we need to focus on moving forward.”

The Mustangs began district play with a road victory at Rusk and have since dropped contests to Palestine, Fairfield and Mexia.

Mexia leads the district at 4-0 and are followed by Fairfield (3-1), Palestine (2-2), Madisonville (1-3) and Rusk (0-4).

“We have done well thus far with our full court press defense as well as teamwork and effort,” said Reid. “Everyday, we need to work on fundamentals such as dribbling, finishing layups and shooting form. With a group as young as us, that will be very important for us to continue to do down the road.”

Madisonville will be at MHS for two of their final three matchups after hosting Rusk Tuesday. They will travel to Palestine Friday for their final road game of the season.

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