Stallions splits in own tournament
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Rondell Jordan goes up for a shot during Thursday’s rout of Minarets. Jordan scored 10 points in a 57-point victory.
The Madera South boys basketball team continues to grow under first-year head coach Corey Edmiston and picked up a split in the middle two games of the Madera South Classic last week.
The Stallions overmatched Minarets 75-18 on Thursday before missing out on opportunities in a 47-45 loss to the Chowchilla Tribe.
Madera South had 12 players score against the Mustangs, led by Daniel Valdez with 17 points. He led three other players in double-figures. Joe Galvan scored 13 points and Rondell Jordan added 10.
Galvan led the Stallions with 12 points against the Tribe. However, he was the only of nine players that scored in double-figures.
The Stallions closed the tournament with a 49-30 victory Saturday against Yosemite-Oakhurst
Madera South 75, Minarets 18
The Stallions scored 52 points in the first half and cruised to a 57-point victory over the Minarets Mustangs.
Buckets from Jordan and Galvan opened the scoring for the Stallions. Minarets made a layup, but the Stallions scored the next 24 points into the second quarter.
Galvan started the run with a pair of free throws. Valdez followed with back-to-back layups.
Galvan added a short bucket and a layup. After a steal from Nathan Barron, Jordan made a layup for a 16-2 lead.
Valdez drove to the hoop for a layup and Galvan added two more free throws for a 20-2 lead.
Lucas Samaniego put back a miss and Angel Martinez-Garcia closed the first quarter scoring with two free throws and a 24-2 lead.
Adrian Becerra kept the run going with a five-foot jumper and Martinez-Garcia added two more free throws for a 28-2 lead.
Minarets made a short jumper, but the Stallions responded with a 9-0 run.
Jordan started the second run with a layup, Samaniego hit a 3-pointer, Valdez made a layup and Jordan scored down low for a 37-4 lead.
The Mustangs put back a miss, but the Stallions closed the first half with 15 straight points.
Keon Thomas made a layup and Valdez hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Valdez found Becerra for a layup and Kiwan Thomas put back a miss. Valdez closed the first half scoring with a driving layup and a free throw to complete a 3-point play for a 52-6 halftime lead.
Madera South extended the run to 20-0 with a 3-pointer from Galvan and a jumper from Camacho for a 57-6 lead.
The Mustangs hit a 3-pointer, but Jordan made a layup to answer.
Minarets finally reached double-figures with 3:46 left in the third quarter on a 10-foot jumper.
Naprese Adams hit a 3-pointer and Camacho made a layup. Minarets scored the next five points before Erik Cervantes made a layup for a 66-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
With the running clock, Madera South outscored Minarets 9-2 in the fourth. Kiwan Thomas completed a 3-point play and Barron hit a 3-pointer, Keon Thomas made a layup and Barron completed the scoring with a free throw.
Chowchilla 47, Madera South 45
Missed opportunities plagued the Stallions in their match-up with the Chowchilla Tribe.
Nine players scored for the Stallions, but just one reached double-figures.
Despite buckets from Camacho, Galvan and Martinez-Garcia Chowchilla jumped out to an 11-6 lead.
Galvan hit a short jumper, but Chowchilla added a layup for the five-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Chowchilla scored the first five points of the second to increase its lead to 10.
The Stallions went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead down to one.
Galvan, off a pass from Cervantes, scored down low. Galvan added two free throws and Valdez hit a 3-pointer. Valdez then found Galvan for a layup.
Chowchilla stopped the run with a pair of 3-pointers, but Samaniego answered by putting back his own miss.
Chowchilla added a bucket, but Samaniego made a jumper and Galvan added a free throw. Chowchilla hit a 3-pointer and made a layup for a 31-24 lead at the half.
The Tribe opened another 10-point lead with a 3-pointer to start the second half.
Galvan found Jordan for a bucket and Barron hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead down to five. After a Tribe bucket, Barron hit another 3-pointer.
The Tribe made a free throw for a 37-32 lead with 3:46 left in the third quarter.
Madera South’s defense forced four turnovers, but the Stallions couldn’t cut into the lead because they missed six straight shots.
Finally, Samaniego, while falling down, hit a 3-footer and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but Jordan got the offensive board. He missed the putback, but Martinez-Garcia got the rebound, but his putback was blocked.
Chowchilla came back with a free throw, but Becerra drained a 3-pointer to cut Chowchilla’s lead to 39-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Two free throws from Samaniego tied the score. Chowchilla scored four straight points, but Galvan found Jordan for a layup. Madera South missed its next three shots to tie the game and Chowchilla added a layup.
Jordan put back a miss to get the lead back to two with about four minutes left in the game.
Madera South kept the Tribe off the scoreboard for the next two minutes, but the Stallions missed two shots and turned the ball over three times. The Tribe sank a free throw for a three-point lead, but Samaniego made one to cut the lead back to two with 1:08 left.
Chowchilla missed a pair of free throws, but Galvan was fouled. He made the first of a one-and-one, but missed the second with 51.6 seconds left in the game. Cervantes got the offensive rebound, but he was tied up and the possession arrow went to Chowchilla.
Madera South got the possession back with a 28.3 seconds left with another jump ball. However, they turned the ball over and Chowchilla closed the game with a free throw with five seconds left for the 47-45 win. Madera South had one last chance, but threw the ball away.