Mustangs win 2, but fall short

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The Mustang basketball team had a pair of wins in tournament play and three players named to the All-Tournament team, but fell to Fairfield in the championship game at Crockett on Dec. 30. The team’s overall record is now 13-4.

The boys played Crockett on Dec. 29 and came back from a rocky first half in which they were trailing 29-21. Sophomore guard Sam Bennett scored an impressive 19 points, and the Mustangs came back, winning the game 56-47.

The Mustangs then faced Normangee and again trailed at the half, 29-24. Senior guard Jawan Lewis was the leading scorer with 12 points, while sophomores Tommy Holiday and Anthony Morning each had six rebounds. Senior guard R’Kelian Wiley contributed eight points, two rebounds and two assists.

Madisonville met its match, however, in the championship game vs. Fairfield on Dec. 30.

Although they trailed in the first half, the Mustangs had a strong fourth quarter, scoring 19 points, but came up short, 59-51.

Lewis scored 14 points and contributed five rebounds, while Wiley added 12 points and six rebounds.

Bennett, Morning and Wiley received All-Tournament honors.

Head Coach Brian Thurmond remains optimistic as the Mustangs prepare to host Mumford on Friday, beginning with junior varsity at 5 p.m.

“The guys are really starting to gel as a team,” Thurmond said. “Everyone is accepting their roles. The players seem to be buying into the team concept and are not worrying about themselves.”

Dec. 30 vs. Fairfield

Madisonville 11 11 9 19 -51

Fairfield 17 13 9 20 -59

Individual leaders

Points: Cornelius Merchant 2; R’Kelian Wiley 12; Jawan Lewis 14; Kasey Williamson 9; Tommy Holiday 4; Keion Salas 4; Anthony Morning 5.

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

Assists: Jawan Lewis 1; Dru’Paul Merchant 1; Keion Salas 3; Anthony Morning 2.

Dec. 29 vs. Normangee

Madisonville 11 13 24 15 -63

Normangee 15 14 13 12 -54

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 11; R’Kelian Wiley 8; Jawan Lewis 12; Kasey Williamson 8; Deonte McAdams 4; Dru’Paul Merchant 4; Tommy Holiday 7; Keion Salas 6; Anthony Morning 4.

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

Assists: Sam Bennett 1; R’Kelian Wiley 2; Kasey Williamson 1; Anthony Morning 1.

Dec. 29 vs. Crockett

Madisonville 7 14 17 18 -56

Crockett 15 14 7 11 -47

Individual leaders

Points: Sam Bennett 19; Cornelius Merchant 1; R’Kelian Wiley 4; Jawan Lewis 7; Kasey Williamson 2; Deonte McAdams 12; Tommy Holiday 6; Keion Salas 4; Anthony Morning 1.

Rebounds: Sam Bennett 9; Cornelius Merchant 1; R’Kelian Wiley 5; Jawan Lewis 2; Kasey Williamson 3; Deonte McAdams 3; Tommy Holiday 5; Keion Salas 3; Anthony Morning 2.

Assists: R’Kelian Wiley 3; Keion Salas 3; Anthony Morning 1.

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