If you didn’t get to go to the boys’ playoff game or listen to it on the radio (which by the way everyone said that Justin made it sound as if they were there) you should know that the players did an excellent job of representing Mason.
The Punchers jumped out to an early lead shooting the ball extremely well and playing some great defense. We would end the first quarter with a small lead and a lot of confidence. The Sabinal Yellow Jackets would come out playing some great basketball in the second quarter to close the gap going into halftime.
The third quarter would be big for the Yellow Jackets as they hit some key three point baskets and eventually take the lead. The Punchers hit a little bit of cold stretch at the end of the third period and beginning of the fourth which let Sabinal grab a lot of the momentum in the game and start to pull away from the Punchers, but the true Heart of the Punchers would come through at the end.
With a little over two minutes left in the game Mason was down ten points and Sabinal seemed to be able to do no wrong but that would soon change. The Mason boys put on a run at the end of the game that was almost story book. Mason hit some big three point shots and free throws and played some impressive defense to close the gap and put enough pressure on Sabinal to get the game within two points, but would fall short in the end and lose 62-59.
I was extremely proud of the young men and their competitive spirit to the very end. It would have been easy to get down by ten with very little time left and feel like the game was over and quit, but that never entered the players’ minds as they battled to the end. This is a great testament to the players and their upbringing by not only their parents, but the town of Mason. The coach from Sabinal was very complimentary of the players and the heart that was shown at the end of the game
I would like to thank all those fans that came and cheered at the game (especially the “Hooligans” who got “live”) your energy was very key to the players’ level of play. It made for a great playoff environment in a very loud gym. I would also like to thank the players and their parents for their time commitment to this season. Seniors on the team this year were: Michael Hanscheck, Elliott Bibb, Jeffrey Williams, and Zach Davidson. Juniors were Hunter Kunc, Miguel Castillo, Luis Castillo, Derek Crockett. Sophomores Garrett Bibb and Seth Hudson. We also had some great trainers and filmers: Shelby Comey, Faith Ingracia, Jovanna Rodriguez, Heather Shaw, Corinne Perlichek, David Hill, and Drigo Martinez their help was immeasurable.
Player Points Rebounds Steals Assist
Michael Hanscheck 0 3 0 1
Hunter Kunc 7 6 1 2
Miguel Castillo 23 3 4 4
Luis Castillo 5 5 3 3
Garrett Bibb 3 7 3 3
Seth Hudson 3 10 7 2
Derek Crockett 0 1 1 1
Elliott Bibb 8 3 4 2
Jeffrey Williams 8 1 1 0
Zach Davidson 2 3 1 0
The All District team also came out with the following players receiving recognition.