George Mason High School
George Mason traveled to Clarke County Friday for a key Bull Run District game with the Eagles one game behind GM in the standings. The hostile environment usually produces close games, but not this time, as the Mustangs roared out of the gate with a 20-2 first quarter run and never looked back, defeating Clarke 51-38 for their seventh straight victory. The win puts Mason at 13-3 overall but more importantly 8-1 in the BRD, and earned the Stangs a sweep over Clarke in the season series.
Seven Mustangs scored in the opening quarter. Philippe Griffiths, Eion Oosterbaan and Noel Obusan all nailed three pointers to spark the backbreaking rally. Clarke (10-6, 6-3) missed numerous point blank attempts in the period, and Mason pounced on the mistakes. The lead stretched to 25-4 at one point in the second before the Eagles closed to 29-13 at half.
A brief run in the third period pulled the home squad to within 8 at 39-31, but Nate Ogle scored 9 of his team high 16 points in the stanza to keep the lead safe. Noel Obusan added 11 points and Oosterbaan had 8 for the guests. Only a dismal 6-13 effort from the free throw line from Mason kept Clarke within shouting distance, as the Stangs managed to miss all 3 front ends of their one-and-one opportunities in the fourth quarter. Stellar defense on Clarke sharpshooter Ethan Emmart held him to 5 points, and with most of the other Eagles in early foul trouble, GM was able to hold a comfortable lead from the first period on.
Mason will travel to Central-Woodstock Wednesday night before hosting Strasburg Friday at MEH. Game time is 7:45 for both contests.