Mustangs win close home opener


After a close competition through 30 minutes of play, the Madisonville boys’ basketball team came alive with two minutes left, beating Huntington 53-50 in their home opener.

“If you make mistakes, play through it. No matter what happens you keep playing,” Coach Brian Thurmond told his team as they prepared to take the floor against the Huntington Red Devils last Friday night. “Everyone makes mistakes – but play on.”  

And play on is exactly what the Mustangs would have to do as they found themselves down 48-41 with 2:18 to go in regulation.

From that point on the Mustangs picked up their defensive pressure sparking a 12-2 run in the final two minutes. Junior guard Sam Bennett led the way with 17 points and seven steals while senior Deonte McAdams had 16 points and seven rebounds. Junior Tommy Holiday recorded his first double-double of the season dropping 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

“I’m blessed to have a team that plays hard and together,” Thurmond said after Friday’s close win. “We need to be better with our transition defense and block out better, but I’m happy with our effort.”

Now 1-0, the Mustangs’ next game is Nov. 29 in New Waverly at 6:15 p.m.