Mustangs take two in Franklin

Posted 12/10/19

The Madisonville basketball team competed in a tournament at Franklin over the weekend and finished 2-3 with victories over Orangefield and Aggieland Homeschool and losses to Grapeland, Central Heights and China Spring.

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Mustangs take two in Franklin

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The Madisonville basketball team competed in a tournament at Franklin over the weekend and finished 2-3 with victories over Orangefield and Aggieland Homeschool and losses to Grapeland, Central Heights and China Spring.

Armando Juarez recorded 66 points over the five games to lead the Mustangs and qualify for the All-Tournament team.

“(Juarez) is one of the older players we have on this roster, so it was nice to have him step up,” said head coach Chris Reid. “Being the starting quarterback on the varsity football team helps from a leadership perspective and he has been working hard for us.”

The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 73-58 loss to Grapeland on Thursday. Wayne Roundtree led the team with 11 points and was followed by Xzavier Whaley with 10.

Grapeland, who is ranked in the top ten of their class, went on to win the tournament at Franklin and defeated Crockett in the process.

“This was a very competitive tournament,” said Reid. “Every team was solid and there were a handful of state-ranked teams, as well. As a young team, the tough competition will pay off down the road.”

Madisonville opened play Friday with a 61-48 loss to Central Heights. Juarez led the way with 13 points and was followed by Roundtree with 12. The Mustangs were in the game at the break but managed just nine points in the second half.

The Mustangs then exploded with 29 points in the fourth quarter against highly-touted Orangefield to win the game 64-61. Roundtree posted 18 points in the win, including 10 in the fourth quarter alone, to lead all Madisonville scorers. He was followed by Dylan Stanley with 14, Rodney Brooks with 13 and Juarez with eight.

Juarez would showcase his best performance with 25 points in the team’s 72-62 overtime victory over Aggieland Homeschool to begin play on Saturday. Roundtree, Doug’kyrn Johnson and Ronaldo Willis each added 10 points apiece.

Madisonville appeared to have the game sealed but missed eight free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to force a tie. They would outscore Aggieland 13-3 in the extra period, led by five Roudtree points.

Madisonville concluded the tournament with a 69-46 loss to China Spring on Saturday night. Juarez led the team in scoring with 14 points and was followed by Roundtree with 10.

The Mustangs traveled to Brenham for a road matchup on Tuesday and will be off on Friday. They will return to MHS to host Sealy on Dec. 17.

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