The 8th Grade Puncher basketball team stepped into a whirlwind Monday when the Miles Bulldogs came to town. The Punchers struggled early in the game allowing the Bulldogs to dominate the first period, outscoring Mason 0-10. The Punchers couldn’t stop the bleeding, with turnover after turnover and foul after foul. The Mason boys did regroup in period two and did a great job of getting back into the game outscoring Miles10-8. Patterson, Schmidt, Cunningham, and McGowan made play after play and at one point closed the gap to within two points.
Period three was a fairly even match with Miles scoring 9 to Mason’s 6 points. It seemed as though we could never get into the rhythm of the game. For ever rebound we made, we seemed to foul our opponent twice. Miles shot 27 free-throws in the game, but fortunately for the Punchers connected with very few.
Miles outscored the Punchers in period four 3-12 finishing out the game 19-39. We just didn’t play very well and Miles is very talented. Often in a defeat such as this you have a tendency to overlook many good things that happened. Brandon McGowan did a great job coming off the bench and pulled down six important rebounds. Dale Cunningham and Rio Schmidt are both crucial in breaking the press and ball control and they never come off the floor for a rest, they made several great plays on offense and defense. Matt Clark and Zane Graves brought down five rebounds apiece and did a good job battling inside the lane.
All of these guys work hard every day and never give in, and their effort is always appreciated. This Saturday the Punchers will travel to Llano for the Llano Invitational taking on Llano and St. Andrews then Monday will hit the road to Christoval.
Mason 0 10 6 3
Miles 10 8 9 12