The Madera Coyote boys basketball team snapped its four-game skid on the road against the winless Reedley Pirates on Wednesday night with a 50-29 win.
The Coyotes (4-9) limped through a slow-moving first quarter that saw their offense go nearly seven minutes between the first and second baskets of the game before Javier Contreras made back-to-back baskets to end the quarter, and cut the Pirates (0-14) lead to 9-7.
“I thought our guys came out really hard. We were a little sluggish at the beginning of the game, but we kind of found our groove and we were playing hard defensively which gave us easy offense on the other end,” Madera coach Michael Hawkins said.
In the second quarter, the Coyote offense kicked into gear, led by senior Contreras’ scoring and suffocating defense. Madera held Reedley to only two points in the second quarter and used defense to establish transition offense and get easy baskets...