The Madera Coyote boys basketball team opened a 15-point first half lead, but held on at the end for a 52-44 victory over the San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno Panthers.
The Coyotes held the lead throughout the game, but the Panthers made it interesting, cutting the lead to three late in the game before Madera made 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to preserve the lead Tuesday in Joe Flores Gym.
“Their pressure took us by surprise a little bit,” head coach Michael Hawkins said. “Physicality wise, we were expecting some calls. We started playing to their pressure with errant passes and not getting to the rack. We adjusted in the second half of the half and started playing strong at the end.”
Mackey West scored 17 points after becoming the first player since Kenny Paolinelli in 2007 to score more than 30 points in a game against Reedley on Friday. He went 6-of-6 from the free throw line and hit three 3-pointers to go with seven rebounds and four steals...