Mustangs finish second in tournament

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The Madisonville Mustangs boys’ basketball team finished second in the Houston County Tournament last week. The Mustangs fell to Diboll in the opening round of the tournament, 49-48.

“That first game of the tournament [against Diboll] I thought we played well in the first half, but struggled in the second,” Head Coach Brian Thurmond said.

Madisonville had the lead at halftime 32-25, but was outscored in the second half 24-16 in the loss.

With a chip on their shoulder, the Mustangs bounced back in their second game of the tournament, beating Frankston 57-33. The Mustangs continued their strong play in the next round defeating home team Grapeland in a close game 48-47 and Trinity 53-45.

“I’m proud of how the we played as a team to pull out those close games against Grapeland and Trinity,” Thurmond said.

The three-game winning streak set the table for the Mustangs to face Fairfield in the championship round of the tournament. Madisonville placed second falling to the Eagles, 58-51.

Tommy Holiday led the team with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Sam Bennett had 12 points and five rebounds while Deonte McAdams added six points.

“Overall I’m pleased with the way we fought,” Thurmond said. “But we still have some work to do. We need to get better with our team defense and taking better shots on the offensive end of the floor – both of those things must improve.”        

The Mustangs (14-6) return to action Friday on the road in Caldwell. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. 

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