The George Mason boys varsity basketball team raced to a 2-1 start in the opening games of their 2010-2011 season. The Mustangs earned wins against Loudoun County and Freedom High School, but suffered a blow-out loss to Broad Run.
The Mustangs opened their season against Loudoun County, in which their shot performance was dismal. They opened their season going 0-19 from the field, only scoring two points in the first quarter. Despite only managing to score a single basket, solid defense kept it a seven point ball game heading into the second quarter.
The Mustang offense slowly began to pick up the pace in the second quarter, with the score of fourteen points. With the Mustang defense remaining strong, the Mustangs only trailed by one point in a 17-16 Loudoun County lead at the half.
Domination in the paint and protecting the ball were two high points in the Mustangs’ opener. Junior Nate Ogle and senior Brandon Alexander both had strong performances under the glass combining for 25 points and 24 rebounds. Junior Philippe Griffith also tallied eight points and seven rebounds in his varsity debut.
As a unit, the Mustangs only committed 13 turnovers on the night, saving them from their nightmarish shooting performance. The Mustangs only went 8-37 from the field and 8-21 from behind the arc in their 51-46 victory over Loudoun County.
Coming off of the average win over Loudoun County, the Mustangs were blown away by Broad Run with a score of 48-68. The Mustangs took an early 18-13 lead, but turnovers and poor shooting contributed in Broad Run outscoring Mason 29-10 in the second quarter. The Mustangs committed 31 turnovers on the night and shot 17-39 from the field in the loss.
The Mustangs managed to rebound from the Broad Run blow out and defeat Freedom-South Riding High School 69-58, concluding their three game road trip.
The Mustangs will host their home opener against the Avalon School on December 9. Tipoff will be at 7:45 p.m. as the Mustangs look to improve to 3-1.
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