Mustangs split district matchups

Posted 2/11/20

The Madisonville men’s basketball team split a pair of district matchups over the week with a 68-48 win over Rusk at MHS Feb. 4 and an 85-45 loss in Palestine Friday. The Mustangs entered Tuesday’s home matchup against Fairfield with a district record of 2-4.

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Mustangs split district matchups

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The Madisonville men’s basketball team split a pair of district matchups over the week with a 68-48 win over Rusk at MHS Feb. 4 and an 85-45 loss in Palestine Friday. The Mustangs entered Tuesday’s home matchup against Fairfield with a district record of 2-4.

“We came out with intensity from the tipoff and kind of fed off that,” said head coach Chris Reid on the home win over Rusk. “It just worked out in our favor.”

The Mustangs jumped out to a fast start against Rusk and kept the momentum surging into halftime. They led 46-28 at the break after a 26-point second quarter.

Doug’kyrn Johnson led the team with 16 points in the win and was followed by Armando Juarez with 15 and Dylan Stanley with 11. The Mustangs were able to cruise to a comfortable victory despite scoring just 22 total points in the second half.

Madisonville fell back down to earth Friday with an 85-45 loss to Palestine, their final road game of the season and the only one of their final four matchups away from MHS.

“We did not block out or rebound as well as we needed to,” said Reid. “We put a lot of emphasis on that heading into the game because we knew (Palestine) was very big and physical compared to us. We did not do as good of a job at that as we should have. We also turned the ball over more than we should have. Those things hurt us along with shooting and free throws.”

Juarez led Madisonville in scoring at Palestine with 16 points and was followed by Ronaldo Willis with nine and Xzavier Whaley with eight. Wayne Roundtree and James Whaley each added five points apiece.

The Mustangs entered play Tuesday holding the district’s fourth and final playoff spot with a record of 2-4. Tuesday’s matchup against Fairfield at MHS was originally slated for Senior Night, but Reid discussed the possibility of holding the pregame ceremonies during Friday’s regular season finale against Mexia, which is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

During Tuesday’s matchup against Rusk, Madisonville basketball honored the town’s younger players with Youth Night at MHS. Junior High and Little Dribblers basketball players were invited onto the court before the game and recognized by Reid along with their parents and supporters in the crowd.

“That is what it is all about,” said Reid on the pregame festivities. “Just to see the joy on those kids’ faces and see what it means to them to be out there and recognized meant everything.”

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