Mustangs fall to Brenham in close contest

Posted 12/17/19

The Madisonville basketball team dropped a 74-72 contest on the road in Brenham on Dec. 10. They were idle on Friday before hosting Sealy at MHS on Tuesday.

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Mustangs fall to Brenham in close contest

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The Madisonville basketball team dropped a 74-72 contest on the road in Brenham on Dec. 10. They were idle on Friday before hosting Sealy at MHS on Tuesday.

“I was very pleased with the way the boys played,” said head coach Chris Reid on the performance in Brenham. “They played with a lot of heart, passion and hustle. We just came up a little bit short in a tough road game to a good, veteran team. But I was pleased with their play.”

Wayne Roundtree led the way in scoring for the Mustangs with 21 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter. Armando Juarez and Xzavier Whaley followed Roundtree with 11 points apiece in the loss and Ronaldo Willis added 10 points.

“Any time we play a team like that, with a handful of seniors and juniors, they are always competitive games for us that our younger players can learn from,” said Reid.

The loss at Brenham was the last game the team played before battling Sealy on Tuesday, giving them a week of no games to work on and off the court.

“We took a little bit of time off just for reflection and rest,” said Reid. “We have also had some team meetings on what we need to do to be successful moving ahead along with some good practices.”

The team’s defensive press has been a high point for Reid throughout the young season. Offensively, they are trying to improve on half court execution.

“No matter how good you are at the press, you are eventually going to run into situations where the game is going to slow down,” said Reid. “We need to be able to execute in those situations.”

The Mustangs are also focused on baseline and sideline out-of-bounds plays as well as rebounding.

“(Rebounding) is big for us because we are such a small team,” said Reid. “We are playing teams that have post players that range from 6’5 to 6’9, so we have to really block out and rebound.”

Madisonville will bolster their roster by regaining the services of Josh Griffin this week.

They will host Waco-Connally at MHS on Friday and be off for another week before hosting the Madisonville Holiday Invitational Dec. 27-28.

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