Mustangs prepare for district opener

Posted 1/14/20

The Madisonville Mustangs basketball team dropped a pair of non-district matchups on the road against Shepherd Jan. 7 and at home against Navasota Friday. They competed in their final matchup before district play Tuesday against Bellville at MHS.

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Mustangs prepare for district opener

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The Madisonville Mustangs basketball team dropped a pair of non-district matchups on the road against Shepherd Jan. 7 and at home against Navasota Friday. They competed in their final matchup before district play Tuesday against Bellville at MHS.

“They are starting to communicate and work better as a unit,” said head coach Chris Reid on his largely inexperienced roster. “They always play so hard and I am proud of their efforts.”

On Friday, the Mustangs dropped a competitive contest by a score of 54-50 to Navasota at MHS.

Dylan Standley, who led the Mustangs in scoring against Navasota with 15 points, cut the Rattler deficit to four with just under two minutes to play in the contest with a successful three-point attempt.

Despite a pair of defensive turnovers, Madisonville was not able to overcome the deficit in the final two minutes. A Navasota basket in the final 15 seconds gave them a two-possession advantage and ultimately a slim victory.

“This is a good, well-coached Navasota team,” said Reid after the loss. “They are very talented and this was a rivalry game. It is a real good game for us to use to prepare heading into district play.”

Madisonville missed a number of free shots from the line in the loss and Reid pegs shooting as the top concern moving forward into district play.

“The main thing we need to work on, to start, is free throws,” said Reid. “We just lost by four points and missed more than 10 shots from the line. That is pretty much it, free throws and shooting. Our effort is good. If we could just knock down a few more shots and make our free throws, we will be where we need to be.”

Xzavier Whaley followed Standley’s 15 points with 10 of his own to finish second on the team in Friday’s loss. He was followed by Armando Juarez with six and Elijah Nauls, Wayne Roundtree and Joshua Griffin with five apiece.

On Jan. 7, the Mustangs dropped their final non-district, road contest of the season with a 84-55 loss at Shepherd. Juarez stole the show for the Mustangs with 25 total points in the loss, 13 of which came in the opening quarter alone. Juarez was also nine-for-10 from the free throw line in the contest.

Standley was second in scoring with 15 points. Roundtree and Doug’kyrn Johnson each added five points to the total.

Shepherd scored at least 19 points in each quarter on their way to a sizable home victory over the Mustangs.

After concluding business with their non-league opponents Tuesday, the Mustangs are scheduled to begin district play Friday with a road matchup at Rusk at 7:30 p.m. Their first home matchup in district play will tip off Tuesday at MHS against Palestine at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s home matchup against Bellville was originally scheduled as Senior Night, but the celebration will be held later in the season.

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