The Mason Puncher Basketball Team finished their season on Tuesday against the Sabinal Yellow Jackets at Kerrville High School. The game was full of momentum shifts, scoring, and defense. Mason would start off hot and take an early 8-2 lead before early fouls would begin to change the tempo of the game. Both teams had players in foul trouble in the first quarter that led both coaches looking to substitutions for some key minutes of defense and scoring. The second quarter would start just like the first with fouls stacking up for both teams and players having to make adjustments to their style of play in order to stay in the game. The Punchers kept the score at the half close by making their free throws going 6 of 7 and the Yellow Jackets relied on the Shockley brother duo to take a small lead at half 22-18.The second half was fueled by both teams’ defenses trying to slow down the others offense as the nets began to heat up with three point shots and athletic drives to the basket. Mason would trail 40-33 at the end of the third quarter because of some great free throw shooting by Sabinal. The Punchers would rally in the fourth with some big three point shots but some unbelievable play from Sabinal’s bench that scored eight of their thirteen fourth quarter points would rally the Yellow Jackets and they would go on to win 55-49. I want to thank all the fans that came out to support the team on Tuesday. The atmosphere was electric and the players left all of their efforts out on the floor for their community. Even though we didn’t accomplish the goal that we set out for the year I am very proud of the 2011-2012 Mason Puncher Basketball Team for all of their accomplishments. Getting out of football late they never missed a beat entering the basketball season and never complained about being tired or worn down. Every one of them showed the true Heart of a Puncher by playing through fatigue and nagging injuries. I look forward to my returning players: Rio Schmidt, Elliott Bibb and Woody Watson (2012 District Offensive MVP) to carry on a great tradition of playoff basketball and I will deeply miss the seniors: Chance Stockbridge (1st Team All District), Andy Duarte, David Mora (1st Team All District), Winston Trip (1st Team All District), Zen Steward, Jake Newsom (2nd Team All District), Austin Trip (1st Team All District) , Jared Tatsch, and Jacob Bibb who made this season very special. They will go down as one of the most successful teams in Mason Basketball for their accomplishments the last two seasons. I will also miss my senior trainer Vanessa Nunez who took care of all the “little” stuff that isn’t so little to coaches on game day and Nick Navarette who took care of all our filming so I could review games and keep stats.