Madras system poses high risks, high rewards
In a 32-minute high school boys basketball game, it is somewhat of a rarity to see a team eclipse the 100-point mark. Yet the Madras boys basketball team has seen three of its opponents surpass it through 12 games this season.
The latest result was a 105-71 loss at Mountain View last Friday.
For such offensive explosions to occur against the White Buffalos on separate occassions, they've identified a common theme.
Madras head coach Evan Brown sees a team trying to trap in the backcourt, but leaving ballhandlers enough room to break it, particularly in the middle of the floor.
"Anytime you're trapping and the other team is able to get the ball in the middle of the court, they've got an advantage," Brown said.
Of course, last Friday, plus the other two games in which Madras allowed 100 points, don't tell the whole story of the season.
The Buffs' offense has been explosive on a level that few teams are matching on a per-game basis. Their 70.5 points per game is the highest at the 4A classification. But the 78.3 points they've allowed per game is also the most in 4A.
Madras suited up nine players for Friday's game, but still played without key guards Dapri Miller and Chad Thurby. Without a 10th player healthy, the Buffs are unable to utilize their preferred platoon style of substituting five guys in two-minute intervals.
But they're hopeful to get at least one, if not both, of their injured players back soon, at an important time in the season.
The Buffs' Tri-Valley Conference schedule begins Tuesday against Molalla, and although it might sound cliche to say a league is up for grabs, the TVC truly is this year. At 5-5, Corbett currently has the best overall record. Three teams, including Madras, are 3-9, and two others are worse records.