MHS boys clinch third, fall in last IMC contest
Madras won five road Intermountain Conference games, but not six to finish up the regular season.
That fifth road win by the White Buffalos, 90-79 at The Dalles, clinched the third seed into the 5A state playoffs. Then a 76-63 loss at Bend finished the IMC season at 9-5 (16-8 overall).
That third seed allowed the Buffs to host a 5A play-in game against Crater on Tuesday, Feb. 27 (played after press time). The winner plays at Corvallis on Friday (see story).
Bend 76, Madras 63: This loss was almost a reversal of the Buffs' home win on Jan. 9. Back then, Madras stormed out to a big lead (51-29) and barely held on for a two-point win (70-68).
At Bend, the Lava Bears did the charging with a 40-29 first half.
"We were standing around on defense instead of flying around," Brown said. "We need to force turnovers and convert them into quick points. We weren't doing that."
At halftime, Bend had just eight turnovers which the Buffs converted into eight points. Meanwhile, the hosts forced 11 Madras turnovers for 14 points.
Other numbers weren't good either. Bend shot 59 percent in the first half (20 of 34) while Madras hit just 33 percent (9 of 27 including 5 of 16 from 3-point range).
"Since they didn't play Tuesday, they had four practice days to prepare for us," Brown said.
The third quarter nearly made up for the deficit.
Layups by Darrell Ceciliani and Orrin Wallace started the comeback. The Buffs moved to a 50-48 deficit with two minutes left when Jansen Harrington drained a trey.
The Lava Bears stayed ahead after that, beginning with a 6-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter.
Bend shot 65 percent (15 of 23) in the second half and 61 percent overall (35 of 57). Lava Bear senior guard Cameron McGuire had a final game to remember, scoring 38 points with 20 in the second half.
The Lava Bears had 17 second-half turnovers which Madras converted into 10 points. The visitors finished with 19 turnovers, good for 26 Bend points.
Metcalf was the lone Buff in double figures with 12 points, all on treys. Harrington and Carson Ahern added nine points each. Wallace continued his solid play with six blocked shots, five in the first half.
Madras 90, The Dalles 79: The second quarter was the big difference in the big road win.
The Buffs put together a 30-point frame to go ahead 48-38 at half. Draining 10 treys was a big part of that lead.
Madras also forced 35 EagleIndian turnovers, setting up 46 Buff points.
Four Madras players scored in double figures, led by Harrington with 24. The senior made five treys to go along with four rebounds and three steals. The Buffs had 22 steals in all.
Ahern added 19 with three treys and three steals. Albert Adams scored 14 with four treys. Wallace contributed eight rebounds and six steals.