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Madera South’s Hassan Bolden throws down a two-handed dunk during a victory over Corcoran in the Stallions’ first game of the Madera South Tournament on Thursday.
The Madera South Stallions boys basketball team scored 154 points in two victories to open the season at the Madera South Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Stallions invoked a fourth quarter running clock in both games by leading by more than 40 points. In the two wins, the Stallions also allowed just 74 points.
“It’s nice right now, there’s a lot of things, because it’s early, to clean up,” head coach Jody Sharp said. “I still have concerns like any other coach has early in the season. It’s nice to have guys that can push the basketball, it’s nice to have guys that can run and it’s nice to have guys that can shoot. All those things are a plus, but there are things that we need to get better.”
Madera South had 10 players score in a 79-35 victory over Corcoran on Thursday afternoon. They came back and defeated Chowchilla 75-39 later Thursday with 10 players recording points.
“Right now, we feel like we’re 10 deep plus,” Sharp said. “We have one guy that’s hurt. We are deeper, which is a nice problem to have.”
Madera South 79, Corcoran 35
The Stallions opened the season with a dominating 79-35 victory over the Corcoran Panthers.
Madera South scored 73 points in the first three quarters to cruise to the victory.
Hakeem Primes led the Stallions with 16 points while Hassan Bolden added 14 and Ralph White scored 13.
Madera South also hit 12 3-pointers in the game and recorded 28 steals, which helped account for 37 Corcoran turnovers.
The Panthers jumped out to an 8-5 lead on the Stallions, but a tip in bucket by Bolden, a 3-pointer from Dre Johnson, a Bolden bucket off an inbounds pass and White made a layup for a 6-0 run and a 14-8 lead.
After the Panthers made a 3-pointer, Primes put back a missed shot, White hit a 3-pointer and Tank Dickson made a free throw to open a 20-11 lead near the end of the first quarter.
The Panthers made a 3-pointer to close the first quarter trailing by six. The Stallions then went on a 15-1 run to open a 38-15 lead.
Amire Green started the run with a 3-pointer. After a Corcoran free throw, Kingsley Thomas turned a steal into a layup. Bolden stole the ball from Corcoran and threw down a two-handed dunk. He followed the dunk with a 3-pointer and Primes hit a pull-up seven-footer.
Two steals by David Thomas set up two layups from Prime before Corcoran ended the run with a 3-pointer.
The Stallions then went on a 8-0 run and 11-2 run to close out the first half. White started the run with a put back. Jonah Johnson and Dre Johnson turned steals into layups. Dickson got a steal and found White for another layup.
After a Corcoran layup, Green made a free throw and White put back a miss for a
49-20 halftime lead.
The Stallions showed off their long range to open the second half. Thomas made a 3-pointer to start the scoring and Primes hit two more for a 58-22 lead.
Bolden hit another, followed by one from Johnson. Buckets from Primes and Thomas helped the Stallions open a 73-29 lead.
Dickson started the fourth quarter scoring with back-to-back layups and White closed out Madera South’s scoring with an offensive putback for a79-29 lead.
Corcoran scored the final six points of the game for a 79-35 Stallions victory.
Madera South 75, Chowchilla 39
The Stallions showed they could score even when they can’t hit from long range.
Against Corcoran, the Stallions made 12-of-26 (46 percent) 3-pointers. However, against Chowchilla, they were just 6-of-22 (27 percent), but still had a running clock in the fourth quarter.
“It’s always nice to win and it helps if you have pretty good kids right now to help that,” Sharp said.
Primes led the Stallions with 19 points and was the only player in double-figures. Bolden and White each scored nine and Dickson added eight.
The Stallions scored the first nine points of the game with a Bolden offensive putback, a Primes 3-pointer, a Junior Segura layup and another Bolden dunk.
After Chowchilla’s first bucket of the game, Madera South got a layup from Johnson off an assist from Dre Johnson, Primes hit a short jumper and hit a 3-pointer for a 16-2 lead.
The Stallions got a Green layup and a White 3-pointer after Chowchilla hit a jumper for a 24-4 lead at the end of the first quarter when Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Stallions committed 10 turnovers in the second quarter and Chowchilla was able to stay with the Stallions for a 35-13 Madera South lead at the end of the half.
Then, Madera South exploded for 33 third quarter points.
Thomas opened the quarter with a steal and a layup. Then, Jonah Johnson made a layup off a Segura assist. Bolden highlighted the quarter by driving baseline and dunking the ball with two hands.
Bolden added a free throw, Primes made a three-point play and Johnson returned the favor with an assist to Segura for a layup for a 16-0 run from the second quarter to a 47-13 third quarter lead.
Johnson hit Primes for a layup and a three-point play. Johnson then hit Primes for a 3-pointer in between two Chowchilla buckets.
The Stallions then went on an 11-0 run to jump to a 64-19 lead. Thomas put back a miss to start the run. Primes made two free throws, Dickson found Green for a bucket and Dickson found White for another bucket. Dre Johnson closed the run with a 3-pointer.
Chowchilla scored six straight points before Johnson found Thomas and White for layups and a 68-28 lead to end the third quarter to invoke a running fourth quarter clock.
The Stallions got buckets from Marcos Avila, White and Johnson and a free throw from Avila in the fourth quarter for a 75-39 victory.
Madera South plays two games today to close the Madera South Tournament. They play Golden West at 11 a.m. and LeGrand at 3:30 p.m. The Stallions will next play in the Kingsburg Tournament, beginning Wednesday.