With only one player with an entire varsity basketball season under their belt the 2012-2013 Puncher Basketball team might be considered a young inexperienced team that will need a year to mature. Don’t try to convince them of this especially after the effort and determination that was put in Friday in their loss to a good Medina Bobcat team.
The Punchers would start the first quarter controlling the game with patience on offense that led to four three point baskets and some good defensive rotations to slow down the Bobcats and end the first quarter in a 13-13 tie. Free throws proved to be the difference in the second quarter as Medina scored eight of their twenty four points from the line while Mason had none.
The Halftime score would be Medina 37 and Mason 22. Medina would come out of the half hot scoring eight of their fifteen points in the first three minutes of the quarter and putting the Punchers in a twenty five point deficit. The Mason boys never surrendered the game by finishing the third quarter strong and showing some fight but still trailing 52-31. The fourth quarter showed what the whole season has showed CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT. The players would fuel a fire in the fourth that would put the Bobcats on their heels and fighting to maintain the lead. The Punchers would score 34 fourth quarter points ranging from three point shots to tough lay ups finished with fifteen shots from the free throw line while Median relied on 11-18 shooting from the free throw line. The hustle and intensity during the fourth quarter showed exactly how fast the boys are learning to play at varsity speed and is starting to define the team.
The game would end 73-65, but the Bobcats quickly learned the Punchers don’t quit. The Punchers would like to thank the fans who came out and cheered on the comeback. You truly made a difference. Mason faces Nueces Canyon on Tuesday and Junction on Friday in two important games with playoff implications on the line. Please come out and support the boys.