MHS boys bounce back

Madras wins big at Mazama
After losing at Class 5A No. 2-ranked Mountain View last week, the Madras High School boys basketball team bounced back with a victory at Mazama to open its season.
   The White Buffalos (1-1 overall) hosted Sisters after press deadline Tuesday and open against Astoria in the opening round of the Seaside Classic Thursday.
   "Mountain View is a tough place to play, but the guys turned in a team effort to win at Mazama," Madras head coach Allen Hair said.
   Mtn. View 71, Madras 55
   Madras gave Mountain View all it could handle in the first half Dec. 6, leading 38-31 at halftime, but the White Buffalos were outscored 42-17 over the second half during a 71-55 Class 5A/4A nonconference loss.
   Edward Zacarias scored a team-high 21 points, but Madras was unable to contain James Reid, who converted three shots from long range and finished with a game-high 28 points.
   "James Reid is tough, really tough," Hair said. "We did a really nice job in the first half, but we didn't come out with that same fire in the second half."
   The Cougars outrebounded Madras 40-27 and converted 23 of 28 free-throw attempts.
   "We just need to maintain 32 minutes of toughness and we did a little better job of that against Mazama," Hair said.
   Bobby Ahern added 10 points.
   Madras 74, Mazama 58
   Madras limited host Mazama to 14 points over the second and third quarters Dec. 16 and Ahern scored a game-high 22 points during a 74-58 Class 4A nonconference victory.
   "We played better defensively and took advantage of turnovers for easy transition baskets," Hair said.
   Jhaylen Yeahquo poured in a career-high 18 points and reeled in 11 rebounds for Madras
   "He played great," Hair said of Yeahquo. "Seven of his 11 rebounds were offensive."
   Zacarias added 13 points and teammate Andrew McConnell scored eight points for the White Buffalos.
   Ahern also had five steals and three assists.