Young Mustangs lose key pieces

Posted 12/3/19

The young Madisonville basketball team picked up a win during a tournament at Worthing High School in Houston over Thanksgiving break but will be without the services of key contributors Tyrese Brown and Andarius Morning moving forward in their new campaign.

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Young Mustangs lose key pieces

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The young Madisonville basketball team picked up a win during a tournament at Worthing High School in Houston over Thanksgiving break but will be without the services of key contributors Tyrese Brown and Andarius Morning moving forward in their new campaign.

Brown, who has started on the team since his freshman year, decided to step away in order to focus on nursing his injured ankle back to full health as he works toward a possible football scholarship. He initially sustained the injury at the conclusion of the football season.

“(Brown) was definitely the heart and soul of the team,” said Reid. “He was a captain, senior leader and proven winner. We are definitely going to miss him big time.”

Morning will no longer be with the program due to a violation of team rules.

The departures will make things difficult for an already inexperienced Madisonville roster that will now rely almost exclusively on young talent. Senior Dylan Stanley, who was a co-captain with Brown and is currently the team’s lone remaining captain, returned to the lineup over break. Stanley and Elijah Nauls are the two remaining seniors.

“The main step for me right now is to continue to establish and maintain the right culture with the kids,” said Reid. “That culture has to continue to be one of character, academics and one hundred percent effort. That supersedes everything. If we have that, we’ll take care of the basketball side of it day by day.”

Reid has adamantly preached the importance of character off the court and success in the classroom during his tenure at MHS.

“We need to hold these guys accountable to a high standard and help them become better young men,” he said. “The basketball part will take care of itself. We were a young team coming in and we still are, they will get better on the basketball side of it, but I want them to become better people first.”

In their first matchup at Worthing, the Mustangs fell 88-34 to 6A Aldine. Xzavier Whaley led the way in scoring for the Mustangs with nine points. He was followed by Brown and Rodney Brooks with six points apiece.

But the team bounced back in their next showing against Waltrip and edged out a 68-67 victory. Brown put on a show in one of his final games with the Mustangs and led the team with 23 points. Madisonville also scored 23 points in the second quarter alone to build an early lead.

The Mustangs fell in another tight finish in a consolation game against Kashmere in their final matchup of the weekend, losing 50-48.

A double-technical foul on Morning at the end of the third quarter resulted in four foul shots and four free points for Kashmere at a critical point in the game. The Mustangs also surrendered 20 points in the second quarter of play to finish 1-2 in Worthing.

“All three of them were quality teams,” said Reid. “I think we got out of that tournament what we needed to get out of it from a standpoint of the level of competition and the adversity of being in an unfamiliar environment. I think we got some good experience out of that, especially for these younger guys.”

The new-look Mustangs traveled to Livingston for a road matchup with the Lions on Tuesday. They will compete in a tournament at Franklin over the weekend before another road matchup with Brenham on Dec. 10.

Madisonville will return to MHS on Dec. 17 to host Sealy at 6:15 p.m. They will then battle Waco-Connally on Dec. 20 before hosting the Madisonville Holiday Invitational on Dec. 27 and 28.

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