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Punchers Enter the Playoffs with Something to Prove
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 • Posted February 15, 2012

The Mason Punchers Basketball team secured a playoff spot with a win over the Center Point Pirates last Tuesday and clinched the second place seed with the win over Johnson City on Friday, but their business wasn’t over. On Monday the Punchers would travel to Medina to take on the Bobcats and try to avenge their only district loss and win the district championship.The first quarter started with Mason scoring the first basket and looking to take control of the game with good defense. After a few empty possessions Medina would finally answer back and would eventually take the lead in the first quarter by nine points. Even though they were down the Punchers looked poised and ready to come back and make it a game. The second quarter would end with Mason going on a run and keeping the score close to make a run in the second half.The second half would be a see-saw battle of scoring between the two teams with strong inside baskets by both post and some three point shooting by the guards. The game would come down to the fourth quarter just like the first game that was played in Mason. The Bobcats would succumb to the Punchers pressure turning the ball over several times and missing several baskets that would bring Mason to within four points. Medina’s veteran All Region guard would hit some key three point shots down the stretch that would force Mason to start fouling to stop the clock. The Bobcats free throw shooting would seal the deal and Medina would go on to defeat Mason.The boys were very disappointed after the game that they didn’t get to win the district championship, but still have big plans for the playoffs and hope that they can meet up with Medina again further down the road and prove “third time’s a charm”. The Puncher team would like to thank all the fans who made the trip to Medina to support them and hope to see you in the playoffs as well. Mason will face D’Hanis on either Monday or Tuesday night of next week. The sight and time will be determined this week.

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