Team looks sharp in prep for playoff run

by: Billy Gates/The Pioneer - Madras’ Aurora Gerhardt goes for the ball in overtime of the Buffs’ 7-6 win against Class 6A Sunset on Friday at Madras Aquatic Center. Gerhardt scored the match-winning goal in sudden death overtime.

The Madras boys water polo team went 5-1 during last week's play and defended its home to win the Madras Tournament on Friday at the Madras Aquatic Center.
   In the tournament, Madras beat three Class 6A schools to win the title. They started off the day upending Gresham, 8-3, then got the best of Sunset, 7-5, and capped the day with a 12-4 pounding of Tigard.
   Against Tigard, Jordan Gemelas and Cade Boston led the attack with four goals each. Boston tallied three of his goals in the second period and the defense didn't allow any, which helped the Buffs to pull away before halftime.
   The match was tied 3-3 after the first period, but the Buffs allowed just one goal in the final three periods.
   The Buffs had their hands full with a scrappy Sunset squad, but scored more goals in the fourth period, four, than they had in the first three periods combined.
   Gemelas picked up two goals in crunch time, while Tony Holliday and Brady Tucker each chipped in one.
   Against the Gresham Gophers, five third-period goals gave the Buffs all the cushion they needed.
   Tucker scored three times in the period to anchor the offense for Madras, while Boston and Gemelas each added one.
   Saturday in Sandy, the Buffs split a pair of matches.
   They clobbered the host Pioneers, 15-2, then dropped an 11-4 decision to the Parkrose Broncos.
   Madras head coach Bobby DeRoest said his team's speed and experience just overwhelmed Sandy, while lack of execution and being down five players hampered the team against a quality Parkrose team.
   Bryce Williams scores five times against the Pioneers while Brady Tucker picked up a trio of goals.
   Against the Broncos, no Buff player had multiple goals. Brandon Hunt, Tucker, Holliday and Gemelas each scored one.
   Seven goals in the second period against Redmond on Thursday highlighted the 15-4 mauling the Buffs put on the Panthers at the MAC.
   Ian Goodwin, Boston and Holliday each scored twice for the Buffs in the period. Boston and Holliday both scored four goals in the match and helped Madras jump out to an 11-1 lead at halftime.
   Results from Tuesday's match against Redmond were not available by the Pioneer's press deadline. The Buffs are at home at 4 p.m. Thursday against the Bend Lava Bears.
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