Posted On: 01/8/19 11:55 PM

Houston’s T.J. Madlock hadn’t practice at all for Tuesday night’s home game against Ridgeway. Mason Miller just got back for the Mustangs after missing some time dealing with an injury.

But, sophomore forward Zander Yates was ready to take on the scoring load for the Mustangs.

Yates finished with a game-high 24 points as Houston (13-5, 2-0 District 15 3-A) protected home court with the 65-50 win over the Roadrunners Tuesday night. Yates got going early for the Mustangs, converting on a 3-point play before knocking down his team’s fourth 3-pointer of the game in the first quarter.

Houston quickly jumped out to a 17-4 lead over Ridgeway. The Roadrunners found an offensive spark in the second quarter from shooting guard Kendall Thomas, who scored eight points to bring his team within eight (28-20) at halftime, but Ridgeway didn’t seem to have an answer for Yates, who used his 6-foot-7 frame to score inside and out.

Yates scored five straight points to start the third quarter, then knocked down a 3 to give the Mustangs their largest lead of the night at 41-23. The Roadrunners had gotten their deficit down to 46-36 after an 8-0 run, but back-to-back 3s from

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