Mustangs host holiday invitational

Posted 12/31/19

The Mustangs hosted the second annual Madisonville Holiday Invitational at MHS over the weekend and split four contests with victories over Hempstead and Shepherd and losses to Grand Oaks and La Vega.

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The Mustangs hosted the second annual Madisonville Holiday Invitational at MHS over the weekend and split four contests with victories over Hempstead and Shepherd and losses to Grand Oaks and La Vega.

Programs competing in the tournament also included Rudder, Teague, Brenham, Mexia, Anderson-Shiro, Galveston-Ball and Tarkington.

Galveston-Ball defeated Rudder 61-53 in overtime to win the Gold Bracket championship while La Vega bested Madisonville 77-51 in the Silver Bracket final. Grand Oaks knocked off Anderson-Shiro 59-55 in the Bronze Bracket title matchup.

“We were very pleased with the teams that came and they were pleased with us,” said head coach Chris Reid. “We had a lot of support from our sponsors, including Carter Enterprises, Brookshire Brothers, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Madisonville. With their help, we were able to provide hospitality and we got compliments from all of the teams.”

The Mustangs dropped their first matchup of the tournament Friday to Grand Oaks by a score of 64-56. They led by 11 points at one time in the second quarter before surrendering 40 points in the second half.

Rodney Brooks led Madisonville with 17 points in the loss and was followed by Dylan Stanley and Wayne Roundtree with nine apiece.

The team bounced back in their second matchup Friday with a 56-43 win over Hempstead. Stanley led the team in scoring with 13 points and was followed by Brooks and Roundtree, who each scored nine. Xzavier Whaley and Armando Juarez each added six to Madisonville’s total while Ronaldo Willis and Doug’kyrn Johnson each contributed five.

“Preparing for a tournament is a little bit different,” said Reid. “You are not always sure who you will be playing and where you will end up in the bracket. You do not really have time to do due diligence on a scouting report or film study. I thought the boys did a great job of adjusting on the fly and adapting to different situations.”

The Mustangs showcased their most impressive performance of the tournament in the Silver Bracket semifinal Saturday with a 23-point comeback against Shepherd. They allowed just 14 total points in the second half to win the game 57-55 in overtime.

“I talked to the boys at halftime about sticking together as a team and trying to take the game one possession at a time,” said Reid. “We talked about some adjustments we needed to make on defense in the second half. We made the proper changes and the kids played extremely hard. They stuck together, shared the basketball and made some shots we needed to make.”

Stanley, who would ultimately qualify for the All-Tournament Team, led the team with 18 points in the win and was followed by Juarez, Willis and Andreveon Morning, who all added 10 points to the total.

The Mustangs dropped the Silver Bracket championship to La Vega Saturday by a score of 77-51 to conclude their weekend. Whaley led the team in scoring with 13 points and was followed by Juarez with 11.

Madisonville’s tournament schedule is over and they now have just four matchups left before district play begins Jan. 17. The Mustangs went back out on the road Tuesday to battle Magnolia. They will conclude their non-district slate with games against Salado, Shepherd, Navasota and Bellville.

“I think we are starting to get a little bit better as a team,” said Reid. “Due to a number of factors, this roster of 11 players is playing together for the first time. They are really starting to learn from each other and I am learning from them, too. Hopefully we will continue doing that as we head toward district.”

Madisonville will open district play at Rusk Jan. 17. Their first district matchup at MHS will come against Palestine Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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