The Madisonville Mustangs Basketball team split a pair of district matchups over the week with a road victory in Rusk last Tuesday and a loss to Palestine at MHS in Friday’s Senior Night matchup.
The seniors honored on the court with their families prior to the Palestine game were Jeremiah Gilbert, Keyon Johnson, Aaron Nellums, Reyshawn Moore and Matthew Barrington. The five players made up the starting lineup for the Mustangs.
“It is an example of the bigger picture that we always preach,” said Madisonville Basketball Coach Chris Reid on his seniors. “We talk a lot about things beyond basketball such as character, family and teamwork. This is a very good group of kids and it was a blessing that all of their parents were able to come to support them.”
The Mustangs got off to a slow start on Friday and fell behind 14-0 after failing to score in the opening six minutes. They were able to end the quarter on a 5-0 run, but were overwhelmed by the press early and were never able to get back into the game down the stretch.
“We were hoping to control the tempo, that was our game plan coming in,” said Reid. “But we got down big and had to change that. We were trying to dig ourselves out of a hole the rest of the way and it just did not work for us.”
The Mustangs fell to Palestine 74-45, but last Tuesday’s 65-52 win over Rusk gave them two victories in district. They will close the regular season out with two road games in Fairfield and Mexia, who defeated them the first time around.
“We will review the film, stats and shot charts from the first two times we played them,” said Reid. “We will revise our strategy and see what we have to do to get a win this time.”
The first of the two road games took place on Tuesday in Fairfield and the Mustangs will tipoff at 7:30 p.m. in Mexia on Friday for the season finale.