Mason Boys to State Title Game After Semi-Final Win, 62-50

For the first time since the 1950s, a George Mason High boys basketball team will play in a state championship game. Mason will face Lancaster at 5 p.m. tomorrow after leading for virtually the entire game today and downing Fort Chiswell, 62-50. Mason won despite its leading front court player Nate Ogle being sidelined by an injury. His stand-in, junior Will Nunley scored 13 points, including 10 in the third period alone, to play a critical role in Mason’s win.


The Mason student rooting section fills in for today’s game. (Photo: News-Press)

1:34 p.m. FINAL Mason 62-50

1:30 p.m. 0:51 4th, Mason 58-45

1:26 p.m. 1:33 4th, Mason 56-43

1:26 p.m. 1:51 4th, Mason 56-40

1:23 p.m. 2:51 4th, Mason 55-40

1:21 p.m. 4:34 4th, Mason 51-37; 3-pointer by Noel Obusan after he made 2 free throws extends Mason lead

1:17 p.m. 5:35 4th, Mason 46-37

1:14 p.m. End of 3rd, Mason 39-30. Will Nunley, getting the start due to injury of Nate Ogle, scored 10 points and grabbed key rebounds in the 3rd period alone as Mason fought to hold its lead, 39-30 going into the final quarter.

1:11 p.m. 1:22 3rd, Mason 39-30; Ft. Chiswell starts full court press, Mason calls time out

1:10 p.m. 1:49 3rd, Mason 39-28

1:09 p.m. 2:42 3rd, Mason 36-26

1:06 p.m. 3:55 3rd, Mason 34-24

1:04 p.m. 5:04 3rd, Mason 32-19; All 8 Mason points in quarter by Nunley

1:01 p.m. 6:15 3rd, Mason 28-19; 2 buckets by Nunley

12:52 p.m. Mason boys, with star forward Nate Ogle in street clothes on the bench, his right wrist in a cast, matched their Fort Chiswell rivals throughout the first half today, trailing briefly only once to carry a 24-19 lead into halftime. Filling in for Ogle, 6 ft. 4 in. junior Will Nunley fought the Pioneers’ star center, 6 ft. 6 in. Coleman Thomas and Mason teammates kept a furious pace to their game. Three three-pointers by Philippe Griffiths led Mason offensively. Coleman was held to nine points, including just 3 for 8 from the free throw line. Mason matched the Pioneers in rebounds, with 20 to the Pioneers’ 21.

12:46 p.m. Half Mason 24-19

12:44 p.m. 1:21 2nd, Mason 24-19

12:41 p.m. 2:46 2nd, Mason 24-18; 2 threes by Philippe Griffiths

12:38 p.m. 3:56 2nd, Mason 19-17

12:36 p.m. 5:33 2nd, Mason 16-15

12:32 p.m. Mason boys, playing without star forward Nate Ogle, who broke his wrist during the quarterfinal game last weekend, played inspired against a taller Ft. Chiswell team to lead 14-11 after the first quarter.

12:31 p.m. End of 1st, Mason 14-11

12:27 p.m. 1:54 lst, Mason 14-9

12:24 p.m. 3:27 lst, Mason 14-8

12:21 p.m. 5:27 lst, Mason 10-2

12:19 p.m. 6:15 lst, Mason 5-2

12:02 p.m. Hoping to follow on the success of Mason High’s girls team last night (winning for advance to the state championships), the GMHS Mustang boys are set to tip off against the Ft. Chiswell Pioneers from Max Meadows in Southwest Virginia here today. Ft. Chiswell comes in as the champion of Region C. Mason was runner up in Region B. The winner today will play Lancaster for the state title tomorrow.