The Madisonville men's basketball team picked up two wins in District over the last week and improved to 14-4 overall on the year. They also improved to 2-2 in District and picked up a win on a Sam Bennett buzzer beater on Friday.
"In a competitive District like ours, winning back-to-back is huge and exactly what we needed to do," said Madisonville men's basketball coach Chris Reid.
Madisonville's first win in District came in front of a home crowd last Tuesday against Fairfield. The Mustangs came out of the gates hot with multiple three-pointers in the first quarter from Bennett and Kasey Williamson. Bennett would finish the night with 14 points and Williamson 13.
The Mustang offense went cold in the middle of the game, and they managed just 19 overall points in the second and third quarters. Fairfield was able to build a slim lead by the beginning of the fourth quarter.
"One thing we constantly stress is putting four solid quarters together," said Reid. "The first and third are always crucial for us to set the temp and get off to a fast start.
Just like the opening quarter, the final quarter of the game belonged to Madisonville. Williamson connected from long range to regain the lead and the Mustangs would never look back. Madisonville outscored Fairfield 29-14 in the fourth and won the game 71-57.
Tommy Holiday added another double-double to his resume and led the team with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Holiday also added 4 blocks to his stat line.
The Mustangs were then able to even up their District record at 2-2 with a road win in Palestine on Friday night. The win would not come easy. In fact, Madisonville needed overtime and a Bennett's buzzer-beater to snag the victory, 57-55.
Madisonville managed just 7 points to start the game and found themselves in an early hole. Neither team, however, was effective from the field on Friday. The Mustangs finished a touch over 36 percent while Palestine was under 35 percent.
Most of scoring came from two players in the win. On top of his game-winner, Bennett was second in scoring with 16 points. Holiday, who just a rebound shy of another double-double, posted a game-high 22 points.
Madisonville found themselves on the better end of a buzzer beater and were off on Tuesday. Their next game will be a rematch against Athens at home on Friday night. With two District road matchups next, the game against Athens will be critical.
"Athens has a very well-rounded senior-led group that has played a lot of basketball for a long time," said Reid. "They play very fast in transition and can score both inside and out. But I believe we match up with them well and play similar styles."