For most of the game it looked as though the Madera Coyotes were playing 2-on-5 or 6 or however many players the D-I Edison-Fresno Tigers trotted onto the floor Thursday night in a County/Metro Athletic Conference tilt.
And while Coyote seniors Javier Contreras and Armando Cantu each had monster scoring games, Madera (4-14, 0-2) could not counter the speed, athleticism and depth of Edison (12-7, 2-0) in a 92-69 loss.
“We knew the problems that Edison presented with their athleticism, but we came out and executed our offensive game plan,” said Madera head coach Mike Hawkins. “We talked about needing to find scorers and did that with Javier and Mando, but we couldn’t quite get closeouts on the defensive end. I was very pleased with how we played against such a talented team.”
The Tigers applied full court pressure for most of the game and came away with an almost mind-boggling 20 steals, most of which led directly to points in transition...