Madras wins in his best.


   Sports Editor
   Madras High's boys basketball White Buffalos simply survived on Thursday, March 6.
   Sherwood High's Bowmen made a bid to force overtime which bounced off both the front and back rims in the closing seconds of the teams' Thursday battle at Madras for the Tri-Valley League's third seed to let Madras win 59-57. The win came despite Madras missing each of three free throws it had to increase its lead in the final 90 seconds.
   The March 6 game was for the Tri-Valley league's third seed and a berth in the Les Schwab Tires - U.S. Bank Oregon 3A state tournament's subtournament round on March 8 in Baker City. Madras went on to win, 64-61, at Baker City to earn one of eight berths for non-league champions in the group of 16 teams playing at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum for the 3A state title.
   Starting next spring, the eight teams winning games at each league's second seeds will have to play at the home of one of the other district champion
   Madras made earning its trip to Baker City more challenging by getting into trouble early against Sherwood.
   Madras missed its share of some good chances misssed byin the first three games caued tht the first few winujse hn the first few minutes left Madras three base behind. Sherwood sank a three-point field goal anfte a 5l tipped in or rebounded its own misses a couple other times in forging an 8-2 lead.
   Intercepted passes, thefts and blocks by a conglomeration of Dominique Easterling, John Adams, Joey McConnell and Tim Kirsch, plus their teammates, pushed Madras past Sherwood.
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