The Puncher Basketball Team got two big wins over district opponents this week to help keep them in the playoff hunt. Mason (2-1) is behind Harper (3-0) and Medina (3-0) and ahead of Center Point (1-2), Nueces Canyon (0-3), and Junction (0-3).
The Punchers played Nueces Canyon in Mason on Tuesday and the home crowd would prove to make the difference. The first quarter started with both teams offenses clicking and Mason trailing 13-11. The second quarter would have Mason return the favor in scoring including two big three point baskets that would tie the game at half 24-24. Mason worked hard to come out aggressive going strong to the basket in the third quarter and taking a three point lead into the fourth. The final period would go back and forth as the teams battled for the lead before the Punchers would finally prevail 55-54.
Mason traveled to Junction on Friday for the wildest game of the year (if you were there then you know what I’m talking about). The Punchers and Eagles offense would start out slow only scoring fourteen total points. The second quarter picked up in pace and Junction would rely on hot three point shooting hitting four three point baskets and taking a 24-18 lead into the half. The third quarter would have both teams going back to playing stingy defense as both teams struggled to score and Junction would lead 34-27. The fourth quarter is where is got really wild with fans cheering their teams on and once again the Puncher fans would win that battle as the cheered their team to a big fourth quarter finishing with some crucial free throws to send the game into overtime. The overtime period went down to the buzzer as well with a foul being committed by the Eagles with about two seconds left and the Punchers converting on one of two free throws to win the game 50-49.
The members of the Puncher Basketball team are: Edwin Chavez, Jeffrey Williams, Marcus Martinez, Elliott Bibb, Michael Hanscheck, Hunter Kunc, Miguel Castillo, Luis Castillo, and Seth Hudson. The players have worked hard in a short season and appreciate all the fan support they have received. The next home game will be Friday against the Harper Longhorns who are (23-2) and ranked 22nd in the state.