Mustangs continue hot start


The Mustang basketball team entered a brief break in the schedule with a good taste in their mouths after they defeated Grapeland 69-60 last Tuesday in Madisonville.

The Mustangs improve to 6-1 and will compete in a tournament at Allen High School after Christmas.

Madisonville outscored their opponent by 5 points in the opening quarter and 4 points in the third. The scores in the second and fourth were even for both sides.

Sam Bennett led the way for the Mustangs with a game-high 23 points to match 3 steals.

“(Bennett) went off for us in the third quarter,” said head Madisonville basketball coach Chris Reid after the win. “He made four of his six three pointers in that quarter alone.”

Tommy Holiday was also instrumental in the win with a double-double. He recorded 11 points along with an impressive 13 rebounds, 4 of which were on the offensive side of the court.

Nick Porter made noise as well with 18 points along with 4 assists and 6 steals. Cornelius Merchant recorded 5 points, 8 boards and 5 assists.

Madisonville enjoyed a quick break for Christmas and will get back to work tomorrow in Allen. They will compete in the Allen In-N-Out Burger Tournament, which takes place tomorrow through Saturday.

“First and foremost, we’ve encouraged all of our players to enjoy time with their families and to have a safe break,” said Reid. “Aside from spending time with my family, I will be watching lots of film of the 7 games we’ve played thus far and looking for ways for the team to continue improving.”

After the Allen Tournament, the Mustangs will begin the new year with three more non-District opponents before entering league play. The first District matchup will take place on the road against Athens on Jan. 16. Their first home District game will be three days later against Mexia.

The Mustangs will return to Madisonville for their next home game on Jan. 5. The non-District bout with Caldwell will tipoff at 6:15.