Buffs pick up pair
Buffs hand Henley first loss of season
After dropping the first two games of the season to Central Oregon opponents, the Madras boys basketball team broke into the win column in a big way with a blowout win over Banks on Friday at home, 62-41, and a double-overtime barn burner of a victory, 89-83, against Henley in Klamath Falls on Saturday.
The pair of wins gave the Buffs a 2-2 record heading into Tuesday night's game against Sisters. The result of the game, however, was unavailable by the Pioneer's press deadline.
Madras 89, Henley 83 (2 OT)
Madras senior forward Jhaylen Yeahquo broke out of his early-season funk and scored a game-high 25 points, which included the game-tying bucket near the end of regulation when he stole an inbound pass by the Hornets and converted an easy layup.
The Buffs outscored the Hornets 14-8 in the second extra period.
Madras guard Rodney Mitchell had a hot hand, especially in the first half. He drained seven 3-pointers, six in the first two frames, to end the night with 21 points.
Steele Haugen poured in 20 while sophomore point guard Jered Pichette chipped in 13.
Madras led 13-0 to start the game, but the Hornets were able to climb back into the game quickly and cut the deficit to 21-17 by the end of the first quarter.
The Hornets were lead by Jack Mitchell's 26 points. Jesse Hilyard scored 22 and Josh Overstreet drained five trifectas in the Hornets' first loss of the season.
Madras 62, Banks 41
A huge fourth quarter turned what was a nip-and-tuck ballgame into a romp for the Buffs. Madras outscored the visiting Braves 23-7 in the final frame.
Offense for both teams came in spurts, especially in the first half. The Buffs started the game on a 10-0 run, then the Braves went on a 13-0 run to begin the second period and held a brief lead until Haugen converted a 3-point play the old-fashioned way with a layup and free throw following a Banks foul with 3:19 left.
The scrappy Braves hung tough for most of the third period and cut the Madras lead to five, 39-34, by the buzzer, but the Buffs went nuts in the final quarter to pick up their first win of the season.
Madras head coach Allen Hair said while Banks "didn't get off the bus right away," he was proud of the way his team responded when the Braves threatened to take control of the game.
"Our good shots came off our defense," Hair said. "We were able to get the ball in transition and 2-on-1, 3-on-2 fastbreak situations pretty well."
After Yeahquo collected a steal and deposited a layup about a minute into the fourth quarter to give the Buffs a 41-34 lead, Yeahquo provided the crowd a little bit of showtime with a behind-the-back bounce pass to a hustling Haugen for a layup.
The nifty play gave the Buffs a 47-37 lead with five minutes left in the game, and from there, the rout was on.
Haugen ended the night as the game's high scorer with 18 points, and equal distribution of transition hoops and physical, garbage buckets in the paint he worked hard for.
"Steele has that football mentality, and we're going to need him to bang around inside and rebound," Hair said. "He can't be afraid to get in there, and he wasn't tonight."
Haugen also followed up Bryson Spino's 3-pointer with one of his own late in the second quarter to help the Buffs sustain their lead.
Coming off a rough loss Tuesday to Mountain View, 59-35, Hair said the mood in the locker room before the game was a little somber, but he reminded his team they are still young, and that Mountain View could potentially be a top-eight team in Class 5A.
"I'm definitely proud of the effort we came out with tonight," Hair said.
With what amounts to a new starting unit, Hair said it's going to take time for his team to jell and figure out "what everyone is supposed to be doing."
"We've got five guys in five new roles," Hair said. "We did a real nice job forcing turnovers and getting into transition, but we've got to do a better job executing our halfcourt offense, and that's just one of those things that's going to take some time."
Pichette scored 16 points to help pace the Buffs while Yeahquo chipped in 11.