George Mason High School
George Mason outscored Clarke County 35-12 in the second half to turn a nail biter into a rout, as the Stangs won going away 60-43 in the Bull Run Semifinals at MEH on Tuesday night. Senior forward Dimitri Venets led the way for Mason with 19 points and 9 rebounds, including 8 markers in the first half as his team was struggling to find a rhythm. Venets was 9-13 from the field for the game.
Clarke was up 31-21 with a minute to go in the half as they repeatedly hit from the outside. The Eagles hit 7 triples in the half and took advantage of a sluggish Mustang squad on both ends of the floor for the first 16 minutes. Mason did manage the last 4 points of the period to cut Clarke's lead to 31-25 at the break.
An impassioned halftime speech by Mason assistant coach Mike Gilroy woke up his team, and the Mustangs responded with a vengeance. Nate Ogle (12 points) didn't miss a shot in the second half and grabbed 8 of his team-high 13 rebounds in the third period alone. Venets repeatedly went around and through the Eagle defense with strong inside play, and the rout was on. Clarke managed only 12 points over the last two quarters, with a lone three pointer at the final buzzer accounting for their only basket in the final period. Noel Obusan dished out 9 assists for GM, and Philippe Griffiths scored 11 points.
Mason is now 21-4 and will host William Monroe Thursday at 7:00 for the Bull Run Tournament Championship. Monroe defeated Madison County 67-60 in overtime to advance to the finals.