Tale of two halves for the Mustangs


The Madisonville boys’ basketball team once again showed its resilience as a team with a come from behind win over Diboll at home Jan 3.

The Mustangs, who lost to the Lumberjacks by one point just the week prior evened the score with a 65-56 win. 

Madisonville trailed at the half 34-28, but fought their way back with a 16-7 run in the third quarter. The Mustangs outscored the Lumberjacks 35-22 in the second half as they recorded their 15th win of the season.

“I was happy with our comeback especially since we had lost a close one to [Diboll] in the tournament last week,” said Head Coach Brian Thurmond. “But I thought we came out the gate sluggish. We have to start putting four quarters together.”

Sam Bennett led the team in scoring with 16 points and forced three steals. Deonte McAdams had 13 points and Kasey Williamson had 12 points while Tommy Holiday dominated the backboard with 17 rebounds in the win.

The Mustangs continued their strong play Friday night on the road, defeating Caldwell, 59-49. Tommy Holiday led all scorers with 17 points. Sam Bennett had 12 points and five assists and Kasey Williamson added 11 points and seven rebounds.

With the victory, Thurmond recorded career win number 400.

“What a great accomplishment and milestone in his successful career,” said MCISD Athletic Director Rusty Nail. “The trek to 500 is next.”

Madisonville (16-6) has a bye this weekend and will start district play Tuesday, Jan. 17, at home hosting Athens. Tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m.