Mustangs conclude regular season


The Madisonville men's basketball team picked up two more District wins over the week and won five straight entering Tuesday's season finale against Palestine.

Mustang seniors were honored against Palestine for their last regular season home game and the playoffs will begin next week.

"Beyond record and rankings, it's extremely important for teams to peak at the right time," said Madisonville head basketball coach Chris Reid. "For us to have a five-game winning streak at this point in the season with one of those coming against a top-25 team is huge."

Last Tuesday, it appeared as if the Mustang win streak might come to an end in Mexia. The Black Cats led Madisonville in a low-scoring game before Tyrese Brown his a three-point buzzer beater to win the game 48-46.

Nick Porter and Kasey Williamson each led the team in scoring with 13 points apiece. Porter also posted 6 assists while Williamson collected 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Tommy Holiday also posted a double-double in Mexia with 11 points and 10 boards of his own. In the fourth quarter, he drove the baseline and slammed home a two-handed dunk with defenders on him to greatly shift the momentum of the game. Holiday also continued to dominate the paint and blocked 7 Black Cat shot attempts.

The Mustangs settled back into their offensive rhythm on Friday with a 72-60 victory in Fairfield. Madisonville finishes the regular season 2-0 against the Eagles.

Holiday stayed hot with yet another double, recording 16 points and 14 rebounds. Williamson logged another double-double as well with 12 points and 11 boards. Sam Bennett added 19 points of his own and converted four three-point attempts. Porter was everywhere in the win for the Mustangs and logged 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals.

Madisonville had their way with the Eagles again in round two for the first three quarters. With 8 minutes left to play in the game, they led 52-40. They were able to hold off an impressive offensive showcase from Fairfield in the fourth, who posted 26 points. The Mustangs added 20 of their own to walk away with the double-digit win.

Last night, the Mustangs concluded the regular season against Palestine and honored seniors Sam Bennett, Nick Porter, Cornelius Merchant, Kendell Moffett, Kasey Williamson, Johnny Simpson, Tommy Holiday and Trevon House.