Mustangs still in the hunt

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LEON — The Mustang basketball team came off a win last week over Mexia as District 18-4A champions to face Lorena on Monday night, and they did not disappoint.

The Mustangs beat the Leopards, 68-59, and were named bi-district champs.

Madisonville is now 22-6 and is set to play Friday for the area championship at Lufkin vs. the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between Center and Jasper.

The win over Lorena didn’t come easy, as the Leopards had some strong plays and outscored the Mustangs in the fourth quarter. Senior Jawan Lewis scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds and six assists.

Last week the Mustangs maintained a strong lead over Mexia, the only team at the time who had a better record in district play. The Mustangs pulled out the win in their last game before the playoffs, 69-62.

“The team only had eight turnovers; last game we had 24,” said Head Coach Brian Thurmond. “It was a total team effort once again. I am so proud of these young men.”

Feb. 22 vs. Lorena

Mville 13 25 14 16 -68

Lorena 11 11 14 23 -59

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 15; R’Kelian Wiley 6; Jawan Lewis 24; Kasey Williamson 8; Deonte McAdams 3; Tommy Holiday 6; Keion Salas 2; Anthony Morning 4.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett 5; Cornelius Merchant 2; R’Kelian Wiley 6; Jawan Lewis 11; Kasey Williamson 5; Deonte McAdams 3; Dru’Paul Merchant 3; Tommy Holiday 5; Keion Salas 1; Anthony Morning 5.

Assists: Cornelius Merchant 2; R’Kelian Wiley 2; Jawan Lewis 6; Kasey Williamson 2; Dru’Paul Merchant 2; Keion Salas 1; Anthony Morning 3.

Feb. 16 vs. Mexia

Mville 17 18 10 24 -69

Mexia 14 12 12 24 -62

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 12; Cornelius Merchant 3; R’Kelian Wiley 12; Jawan Lewis 1`7; Kasey Williamson 4; Deonte McAdams 2; Tommy Holiday 5; Keion Salas 12; Anthony Morning 2.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett 2; Cornelius Merchant 5; R’Kelian Wiley 5; Jawan Lewis 6; Kasey Williamson 8; Deonte McAdams 4; Tommy Holiday 5; Keion Salas 8; Anthony Morning 6.

Assists: Sam Bennett 3; Cornelius Merchant 5; R’Kelian Wiley 3; Jawan Lewis 4; Kasey Williamson 3; Tommy Holiday 1; Keion Salas 3.

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