The Mason Punchers traveled to Eldorado on Thursday and Saturday for a JV basketball tournament that involved several area teams. The Punchers took two teams to compete, a Mason Purple team and a Mason White team, with both playing competitively throughout.
The Mason Purple team consisting of Tomas Callejas, Jansen Rychlik, Trey Schwertner, Zen Steward, Cristian Orta, Dakota Wawryzaniak, Jared Tatsch, and Kason Wood competed early Thursday morning in which they lost a hard fought game to eventual tournament runner-up Grape Creek and again on Saturday morning against a talented Sonora team that proved to be too much in the end. The Purple team was led offensively by Callejas with 5 points in each game respectively. The squad played very hard throughout their tournament games and will continue to progress as the season continues.
The Mason White team had some excellent games to open their season and parlayed those into a tournament championship. The White team opened with an athletic Winters team but rose up to the challenge in their first game of the year and won the game on a buzzer beater by Chance Stockbridge to advance in the winner’s bracket. In the next game, the White team squared off with Menard and after a few close quarters was able to pull away with a 42-14 victory to advance yet again. In the semifinal round, the Eldorado Eagles proved to be a formidable opponent keeping the Punchers down most of the game. Eventually, however, the Punchers were able to go on a run that ended with another Stockbridge bucket in the last 15 seconds of the game to advance to the championship game with a 42-40 victory. In the championship game, the Grape Creek Eagles jumped out on the Punchers early behind a tough zone defense resting on a 19-11 lead at the half. The Punchers rallied in the second half though, outscoring the Eagles 21-4 to capture the tournament championship 32-23.
Both teams played very well considering the limited amount of practice before playing their first games. Some outstanding individual efforts were shown on the White team by Ethan Hudson who led all scorers on the JV with 37 total points in his tournament games, not to mention several tough rebounds to help the Punchers in their victories; Jacob Bibb and Dyllan Hoffman who played tough defense on strong and talented big men throughout the tournament; Dillon Estes and Winston Trip who both executed the offense and handled the ball well from the point guard position; David Mora who played excellent defense and often greatly affected the other team’s offensive execution; Austin Trip who served as a utility man and played almost every position on the floor at some point during the tournament and did so in an impressive manner; Chance Stockbridge who played excellent defense as well as providing timely baskets to help us advance; and Andy Duarte and Jake Newsom who both contributed at various positions by executing and playing great defense. The efforts of all these young men together culminated in a tournament championship for the Punchers. The JV Punchers have the next week off, before traveling to Rocksprings next Tuesday to take on the Angoras. We hope to see all of you there supporting the Punchers.