Mustangs bring back third

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CENTERVILLE — The Madisonville basketball team placed third in the Centerville tournament over the weekend, bringing their overall record to 7-3.

Sophomore guard Sam Bennett and senior guard Dru’Paul Merchant were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Mustangs beat Franklin but fell to Teague on Saturday during tournament play.

During the Franklin game, the Bulldogs came out on top, 51-31, with Sam Bennett and Anthony Morning leading in points. Deonte McAdams contributed six rebounds and nine points, while Keion Salas had six rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Madisonville couldn’t keep up their winning streak, however, and lost a heartbreaker to Teague, 66-62.

A 57-46 upset over Rockdale lifted the Mustangs to a 5-2 record, kicking off the tournament. Standouts included Deonte McAdams with 11 points and three rebounds and Dru’Paul Merchant with nine points and one rebound.

The Mustangs upset Trinity in a 72-66 win in overtime on Dec. 8, bringing their record to 4-2. The boys shot 26 out of 32 from the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Sam Bennett scored a whopping 19 points, followed by sophomore forward Kasey Williamson with 16 points. Anthony Morning led in rebounds with 10.

“Despite injuries, we had seven players suit up,” said Head Coach Brian Thurmond. “They put up a great fight and showed great teamwork.”

The JV Mustangs placed second in their weekend tournament at New Waverly.

Dec. 11 vs. Teague

M’ville 15 16 15 16 -62

Teague 17 16 13 20 -66

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett: 22; Cornelius Merchant 10; R’Kelian Wiley 8; Kasey Williamson 1; Deonte McAdams 2; Dru’Paul Merchant 11; Keion Salas 1; Anthony Morning 7.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett 4; Cornelius Merchant 4; R’Kelian Wiley 3; Kasey Williamson 4; Deonte McAdams 4; Dru’Paul Merchant 1; Tommy Holiday 2; Keion Salas 3; Anthony Morning 6.

Assists: Sam Bennett 4; R’Kelian Wiley 2; Kasey Williamson 1; Deonte McAdams 1; Dru’Paul Merchant 4; Keion Salas 1.

Dec. 11 vs. Franklin

M’ville 13 17 9 12 -51

Franklin 12 8 2 8 -31

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 18; Kasey Williamson 4; Deonte McAdams 9; Dru’Paul Merchant 8; Anthony Morning 12.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett: 5; Cornelius Merchant 2; Kasey Williamson 5; Deonte McAdams 6; Dru’Paul Merchant 2; Keion Salas 6; Anthony Morning 8.

Assists: Sam Bennett 1; Cornelius Merchant 3; Kasey Williamson 2; Dru’Paul Merchant 5; Keion Salas 3; Anthony Morning 1.

Dec. 10 vs. Rockdale

M’ville 19 22 11 5 -57

Rockdale 10 8 18 10 -46

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 5; Cornelius Merchant 6; R’Kelian Wiley 9; Kasey Williamson 10; Deonte McAdams 11; Dru’Paul Merchant 9; Anthony Morning 7.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett 2; Cornelius Merchant 2; R’Kelian Wiley 5; Kasey Williamson 5; Deonte McAdams 3; Dru’Paul Merchant 1; Keion Salas 7; Anthony Morning 5.

Assists: Sam Bennett 2; Cornelius Merchant 2; R’Kelian Wiley 2; Kasey Williamson 1; Deonte McAdams 3; Dru’Paul Merchant 2; Keion Salas 3; Anthony Morning 1.

Dec. 8 vs. Trinity

M’ville 11 10 11 27 13 -72

Trinity 6 18 20 15 7 -66

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 19; Cornelius Merchant 4; R’Kelian Wiley 11; Kasey Williamson 16; Deonte McAdams 12; Dru’Paul Merchant 2; Anthony Morning 8.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett 3; Cornelius Merchant 4; R’Kelian Wiley 7; Kasey Williamson 6; Deonte McAdams 4; Dru’Paul Merchant 3; Anthony Morning 10.

Assists: Sam Bennett 4; Cornelius Merchant3; R’Kelian Wiley 4; Kasey Williamson 2; Dru’Paul Merchant 3; Anthony Morning 2.

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