Buffs bust 100 points twice
Topping 200 points in a week is great, especially when it takes just two basketball games.
The Madras boys did just that in a pair of nonleague wins. The White Buffalos defeated Mazama 107-69 Friday, after a 100-71 win at Sisters on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
"We've improved a lot since the season started," said senior Derrick Metcalf. "Our shooting is getting better."
Another plus it how the five-at-a-time rotation is balancing out.
"It's like a competition between the units," Metcalf said. "Each shift wants to be equal (in production) to the other one."
Madras has plenty of chances to work on improving its shifts before Intermountain Conference play starts on Jan. 5 (hosting The Dalles). The Buffs traveled to Madison on Tuesday, Dec. 19 (game after press time), then play in the three-day Wilsonville tournament on Dec. 27-29.
Madras 107, Mazama 69: The self-proclaimed "rat ball with rules" worked as Buff coach Evan Brown hoped.
Mazama missed its opening shot so A.J. Adams could find Josh Roth open for a layup. The visiting team committed a turnover, setting up Carson Ahern for a 3-pointer.
It was the first of two by Ahern in the opening two minutes, and half of Madras' four in the quarter. The Buffs led 25-13 as the first quarter ended, right on pace to top the century mark.
Robert Main helped keep the Buffs on pace with 12 second-quarter points. He made two treys and also drained four free throws after inside drives.
"Playing this way is fun," said Main who finished with 22 points and four treys. "Every time we go out on the floor we go out to play hard."
Madras led 52-33 at half, with 10 treys spread among six players.
The scoring continued with 74 points at the end of the third quarter. Then Metcalf scored eight points in three possessions with a pair of treys and a steal for a layup.
Metcalf finished with 24 points with 14 points and four steals in the second half.
Madras also had 20 treys, led by Metcalf's six. Main added four while Ahern and Albert Adams added three each. Many came after Mazama's 41 turnovers and the Buffs' 29 steals.
Madras 100, Sisters 71: A hot first quarter continued throughout the game.
The Buffs pumped in 30 points in the first quarter and led 55-28 at half. Madras had its best 3-point shooting half of the season, hitting 13 of 24 (52 percent).
Albert Adams led the outside shooting parade, hitting 6 of 8 as part of his 20 points. Derrick Metcalf added four treys in scoring 23.
Notes: Last season Madras averaged 78.4 points a game playing in the former 3A Tri-Valley League. The Buffs' season high was 107 at Gladstone on Jan. 13 and the team also scored 106 against Estacada on Feb. 21 to close out the regular season.