Two quarter surge lifts Stallions
Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
Madera South’s Isaiah Ford rises up for a shot in the lane during Wednesday’s victory over Sanger West. He scored 18 points with seven rebounds and four steals.
The Madera South Stallions boys basketball team only led the Sanger West Hornets by two at the end of the first quarter. However, by the end of the third quarter, the Stallions led 63-26 and invoked a running clock in the fourth quarter for the easy win.
The Stallions outscored the Hornets 51-16 in the second and third quarters to cruise to a 67-30 North Yosemite League victory Wednesday at Madera South.
“We were trying to work on the halfcourt trap we had and the zone offense,” head coach Corey Edmiston said. “We were trying to work on things we haven’t had the opportunity to do. I hope this is a confidence-booster game. They handled the game well. I’m glad they enjoyed the game.”
Daniel Valdez led the Stallions with 21 points while Isaiah Ford had 18. Both had seven rebounds and four steals. Erik Cervantes scored nine while Julian Camacho added 11 in the win.
The Stallions hit 10 3-pointers. They also forced 21 turnovers as opposed to turning the ball over eight times.
“Hitting shots helps quite a bit,” Edmiston said. “They definitely feed off of that. I just wish they would feed off our defense more.”
Sanger West jumped out to the early 5-0 lead. Then, they were outscored 65-25 the rest of the way.
Camacho began Madera South’s scoring with a 10-foot jumper and added a 3-pointer to tie the game.
After a Sanger 3-pointer, Ford found Valdez for a layup. Sanger West added a layup, but the Stallions closed the first quarter with a Cervantes 3-pointer and a Ford layup off the inbounds for a 12-10 lead.
The Hornets tied the game with a pair of free throws 55 seconds into the second quarter.
The Stallions responded by scoring the next nine points. Valdez started the run with a 3-point play. Then, Ford made a layup and put back a blocked shot. Valdez found Ford for a layup and the Stallions led 21-12.
Sanger West made a layup, but Camacho answered with one of his own.
After Sanger West put back a missed free throw, the Stallions hit three 3-pointers — one each from Cervantes, Ford and Valdez — to begin a 14-0 run that took them to halftime. Ford put back a miss, but Valdez hit another 3-pointer before the half for a 39-16. The Stallions outscored the Hornets 27-4 after the game was tied at 12.
Sanger West scored the first points of the second half, but Camacho answered with a 15-foot jumper. After a Sanger West free throw, Cervantes hit a 3-pointer. Valdez picked up a steal and fed Naprese Adams for a layup.
Sanger West hit a 3-pointer, but Camacho came back with a layup. After a Hornets’ layup, Adrian Becerra found Valdez for one. Becerra the put back a miss and the Stallions led 52-24.
Off an Adams tip, Ford picked up a steal and Valdez drained a 3-pointer. After a Sanger West traveling violation, Adams hit a 3-pointer for a 10-0 run.
Sanger West made a free throw, but Valdez converted a 3-point play and put back a miss for a 63-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Ford opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to institute the 40-point, fourth quarter running clock. Sanger West added a pair of field goals in the fourth qhiel the Stallions got a free throw from David Lorta for a 67-30 victory.