Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 4, 2012

Fight'n Indians win Madisonville tourney; now 7-0

Taylor named MVP; Riden, Thompson all-tourney picks

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

MADISONVILLE — The Jacksonville High School boy's basketball team improved to 7-0 on Saturday after stopping Montgomery, 39-25, to capture first place in the 67th Annual Madisonville Tournament.

The No. 22-ranked Indians had three players selected to the all-tournament team.

Londedric Taylor, who scored 51 points in the Tribe's four games, was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

“Taylor averaged 13 points a game and played well offensively and defensively,” Jacksonville head coach Brent Kelley said. “He (Taylor) hit some big shots in the championship game to get us to the lead.”

Raybon Riden and Daytron Thompson picked up all-tournament team mention as well.

After going 2-0 on Thursday, the Tribe flogged Pollak Central, 72-40, on Friday.

Taylor led the Indians in scoring with 14 points, followed by Riden's 11.

Claude Franklin added eight.

In Jacksonville's win Saturday, Taylor topped out with a team-high 15 points, with Thompson canning eight.

Kedarrius Buckingham and Dadrian Franklin pumped in six points each.

Rounding out the scoring for the Indians were Jeremy McAnally and Ozzian Clayborne who added two points apiece.

“As a coach, the most important thing is that we came out of the Madisonville Tournament a better basketball team than what we were when we came in,” Kelley said.

The Indians will continue with non-conference play this evening when they host Tyler Lee (7-1) at 7:30 p.m.

“Tyler (Lee) beat us twice last year so we should have plenty of motivation to go out and play well,” Kelley said. “But we know they (Tyler Lee) will be fired up as well after losing for the first time this year over the weekend.”