, the Madras boys' basketball team can drain free throws to win a close game.
The White Buffalos won at Estacada 85-79 by sinking six free throws in the final two minutes. In Madras' three earlier games, the average margin was 21 points (with the Buffs going 2-1).
Madras also showed it could rally, outscoring the host Rangers 22-15 after trailing by a point entering the fourth quarter.
"We switched our defense to a half-court trap (from the usual full-court trap) in the final minutes," Buff coach Evan Brown said. "That created four turnovers."
On offense, Derrick Metcalf had eight of his 18 points. Albert Adams hit a 3-pointer, the last of four by the junior who finished with 18 points.
The Buffs closed out the victory by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Carson Ahern hit four and Orrin Wallace two.
"Those are a couple of guys we want at the line," Brown said. "Carson is one of our better free throw shooters and Orrin is so competitive."
Both teams had plenty of chances at the foul line as the teams attempted 63 (Madras making 24 of 36). A total of 55 fouls were called.
"We're an aggressive team anyway, but the whistles just kept coming," Brown said. "It was a good lesson for us to learn to stay away from foolish fouls."
Madras also outrebounded Estacada 51-47 with Wallace pulling down 12 and Albert Adams eight. The Buffs also had 33 steals
The Buffs are back home Friday to face Mazama. Madras also had 21 steals, led by Albert Adams with four while A.J. Adams, Metcalf, Ethan Adams and Wallace had four each.
Next up for the Buffs is a trip to Madison in Portland on Tuesday (a game added to the original schedule). Madras also traveled to Sisters on Tuesday, Dec. 12 (played after press time).
Madras 83, Hood River 69: The Buffs didn't repeat the slow start of the previous game (falling behind 66-31 in a loss to Skyview).
"I know I didn't have any intensity when that last game started, none of us did," Buff senior guard A.J. Adams said. "Tonight we all came out with a lot more intensity."
That intensity translated into a 18-6 six minutes into the game and 25-11 when the first quarter ended.
The senior was a key, hitting an early trey as part of 13 first-half points. He didn't miss a shot, draining a pair of treys plus converting two drives to the basket and three free throws.
"In warmups, I wasn't hitting anything," Adams said. "Then I hit that first shot. It got me going."
Metcalf was also hitting, making a trio of treys as part of his 13 points. It all helped Madras to a 48-32 halftime lead.
The visiting Eagles had their own spurt. Hood River moved within 11 (54-43) as the Buffs went nearly five minutes without a field goal.
Then Robert Main drained treys on consecutive possessions.
"We were struggling and Robert gave us a lift," the Madras coach said. "In our system, we're looking for somebody to hit a shot to get us going. Robert did that."
Main finished with 10 points, one of three Buffs in double figures. Metcalf led the way with 25 plus three steals. A.J. Adams had 16 points to go along with six rebounds.
Notes: Senior wing Jansen Harrington is suspended for 10 days due to a violation of team rules. He is scheduled to return to the team before the game at Madison. Freshman Austin Say moved up to the varsity, contributing seven points and three assists.