The Madisonville basketball team dropped a pair of contests to open their regular season slate against Blooming Grove as well as Center, who entered play ranked number 18 in the state for 4A.
“I think it was good for us,” said Madisonville basketball Coach Chris Reid. “I always like to face some tough teams in pre-district play because you never want to play the toughest team you see all year late in the season. It is good to be battle tested by the time you reach district play as well as playoffs.”
The Mustangs had a difficult time posting points against both of their opponents to start the year. They dropped a road matchup to Blooming Grove by a score of 67-46 before losing to Center at home by a score of 49-33.
“We just could not seem to put the ball in the hole,” said Reid. “We shot 26 percent from the field in the first game and 18 percent against Center. We had 50 shot attempts and made just nine. For the most part, these are makable shots. We also need to limit our turnovers.”
In their first game of the season, the Mustangs made just one of 18 shots from beyond the three-point line. Aaron Nellums was responsible for the lone successful three of the contest and was tied for second in scoring along with Keyon Johnson with 13 points. Andarius Morning led the way for Madisonville with 14 points.
Nellums led the Mustangs in rebounds with 12 and Johnson closely followed with 11 boards of his own.
Against Center, the woes continued for Madisonville from the floor as they managed just 33 points. Nellums and Tyrese Brown were responsible for the majority of the offensive production with 11 points apiece, but Johnson added seven of his own and led the team with 12 rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Mustangs held one of the top teams in the state to just 49 total points and only six in the opening quarter. Without all of his players accounted for at this point in time, Reid is pleased with the effort his younger squad has given early on in the regular season.
“The kids are playing really hard,” said Reid. “The effort is good. They have played solid defense and our press has resulted in a lot of steals and pass deflections. They are starting to learn the pressures.”
The Madisonville basketball team retook the court last night with a road matchup at La Vega High School and will now return to MHS for a pair of home games. They will host Teague on Friday night and Brenham the following Tuesday. Both matchups are scheduled to tipoff at 7:15 p.m. at MHS.