The Mason Punchers fought down to the wire in their last two games only to come up one point short in both.
On Tuesday the Punchers took on Blanco at home in a match-up of speed versus size. Mason would come out of the gates a little sluggish and the Panthers height proved to be the difference as Blanco outrebounded Mason in the first quarter and took and early 17-8 lead.
The Punchers would fight back in the second quarter stealing the ball several times using their press and cut the lead to 26-24 at halftime. The third quarter would start and finish just like the second quarter as the Punchers would get several steals and lay ups and do a good job setting up an offense when needed, but the defense would give up several three point shots that would keep Blanco in the game and enter the fourth quarter down 41-39.
The final quarter would be a war of attrition as both defenses tightened up and allowed only thirteen total points. The Panthers would go up by three at the end of the game and a late basket by the Punchers wouldn’t be enough as Blanco would win 47-46. We had a great game offensively with some very balanced scoring among eight different players and some great assist.
The Punchers would try and regroup having two good practices before taking on a good Junction Eagles team in Junction on Friday. The first quarter started with both teams exchanging scores and ended with some good defensive stands that led to a 13-13 tie.
The second quarter was dominated by the Punchers defense as the Eagles were held to seven points in the quarter and would trail by five at halftime. The third quarter looked as though Mason was going to run away with the game as the Punchers connected on four three point baskets, but the Eagles would battle back at the end of the third quarter to still trail by five.
The Punchers' shooting went cold early and the Eagles would battle back to tie the game and send it into overtime. In overtime the two teams would trade baskets all the way down to the wire and force a second overtime.
Mason would jump out to an early lead, but Junction fought right back until the end and hit some key free throws down the stretch to help put Junction into the lead and they would hold that lead until the buzzer 58-57.
The fans were great as they cheered on the players and the team would like to thank those that attended. The next game will be Friday January 21st and will be against Christoval there and then the Punchers will start district in Center Point the following Friday.