Tip Off Tourney Starts Mason Boys Bball Season with Loss to Loudoun

The George Mason High School boys varsity basketball team split their first two games of the season, one win and one loss.

The Mustangs stumbled out of the gate with a 43-28 loss to Loudoun County High School in the opening game of the Loudoun County Tip Off Tournament Dec. 1.

It was cold shooting that did in the Mustangs, as they shot nine of 42 for the game including four of 20 from behind the arc. Senior Nate Ogle led the Mustangs with 13 points and 9 rebounds in the opening game loss.

It was a different story for the Mustangs in their second game on Dec. 2. The Mustangs beat Heritage High School 74-62 for their first win of the 2011 season.

The Mustangs were led by senior Phillippe Griffiths, who scored a game-high 27 points and dished out four assists. The Mustangs had solid contributions from a number of players and looked like a completely different team than the squad that lost in the opener.

The Mason team stepped up and made an impressive 15 of 16 free throw attempts after Heritage went into “Hack-a-Shaq” mode, desperately trying to get back into the game by fouling.

The Mustangs played their home opener Dec. 7 against Freedom High School, but results were not available at press time.

The team will host host Avalon High School at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and will travel to Madison County High School Dec. 13 for a 7:45 p.m. game.