It was the fourth quarter of the game against Madison County High School. Four George Mason High boys basketball players sitting on the bench stood up to celebrate a great play by their teammates. By their excitement, you would assume it was a close game.
“They all like each other, they root for each other,” Mustang head coach Chris Capannola said about his players. “It doesn’t matter who scores, even when the games are close, as long as Mason scores. There is no jealously, none of that. That’s a reason why we are 14-3.”
Mason took on the defending state champions Tuesday – their third straight home game – and beat the Mountaineers handily, 72-41, reaffirming their top position in the Bull Run District.
With the win, Mason improved their record to 14-3, 7-0 in the district. It was also their third straight 30-point win.
“I didn’t use a timeout tonight,” Capannola said. “I should’ve at one point, but I still wanted to see if they could handle [it]. And they did. Everyone contributes, everyone goes in the game, and does their jobs. It’s great. But the biggest game of the year is going to be on Thursday.”
Mason faces the second-seeded Clarke County High School for the second time this season tomrrow night.
“It’s important that we beat them,” Capannola said. “They will be ready for us, and they are a good team.”
The last time the two teams faced each other, Mason won by three points. Clark holds a 12-6 overall record and 6-1 in the district, only one win behind the Mustangs. The game will be held at Clark County High School at 7:30 p.m.