The Madisonville men's basketball dropped their first two District contests to Athens and Mexia and fell to 12-4 overall on the year.
The road loss to Mexia, which was moved to Wednesday because of the weather, featured a last-second buzzer beater by the highly touted Hornets.
"Our attitude was one of respect for Athens as a legit top-20 team in Texas 4A, and encouraged that we nearly pulled off such a big upset on the road," said Madisonville head basketball coach Chris Reid. "We look forward to meeting them again."
Despite the loss, Tommy Holiday showcased another double-double in a dominant performance. Holiday led the Mustangs in points (28), rebounds (15) and blocks (3). Kasey Williamson was right behind him with 15 points and 10 boards. Nick Porter would also add 17 points in the 82-80 loss.
The Mustangs returned to Madisonville on Friday night to take on Mexia in their first District home game, but only posted 49 points and dropped their second straight. Neither team was effective from the floor, each finished below 35 percent, but the Black Cats did just enough in the fourth quarter to leave with a 10-point win.
After an ugly first quarter with just 8 points, the Mustangs came storming back with 20 in the second. However, they stalled again with just 23 total points in the whole second half. Sam Bennett led the way with 16 points and Holiday had 10. Mexia was led with 18 from Travion Carter and 15 from Davion Carter.
Madisonville looked to rebound in District at home on Tuesday against Fairfield. The Mustangs will now hit the road and face Palestine on Friday night at 7:30. Their next home game will be a rematch with Athens on Feb. 2.
"It's always good to have a nice fan base cheering you on at games and it should be more comfortable than playing on the road," said Reid. "This is a very competitive District where no game is easy, so we look forward to using the momentum of our fans to our advantage."