Date Posted: Feb 19, 2012
Game Date: Feb 16, 2012
WILLIAM MONROE HIGH: 54
Bull Run District Player of The Year Noel Obusan scored 20 points and fellow First Team selection Nate Ogle added 13 as George Mason defeated William Monroe 67-54 Thursday night. Mason (22-4) won the regular season and tourney championships in the same season for the first time since the 2000-2001 campaign.
Senior guard Eion Oosterbaan played a near flawless game for Mason, scoring 14 points on 4-5 shooting, including 3 huge three-pointers. He also snagged 3 key rebounds, had 2 steals, and played stifling defense on Monroe's explosive guards.
GM was down by as many as 10 points in the first half before Oosterbaan connected on two triples, and an acrobatic 'and one' bucket by Obusan at the end of the half pulled Mason to within one at 36-35 at the break. The game see sawed back and forth throughout the second half. Mason went on a 9-0 run to go up 49-40 in the third, but the Greene Dragons went on an immediate 9-0 run of their own over the next 3:23 to knot the game at 49. Another Oosterbaan long range dagger put GM up 52-49 at the end of the third.
Defense and rebounding allowed the Stangs to limit WM to only 5 points in the fourth period. Obusan put on a Globetrotter-like ball handling display in the final minutes, yo-yoing the ball back and forth as frustrated Monroe defenders tried for steals. He went 8-8 from the line in the stanza, not allowing Monroe to gain any ground. Jeremy Stewart went 6-6 from the charity stripe and Ogle was 6-6 as well, part of a solid 25-29 GM effort from the line for the game. Stewart also dished out 3 assists.
George Mason will enter regional play as the #2 seed and will face off against #7-seeded Randolph Henry High School Tuesday February 22 at MEH. The Statesmen, from the James River District, have a 14-10 overall record and finished third in their league in the regular season. Game time will be 6 PM due to the 3+ hour trip R-H will have to make up to Falls Church. The winner of Tuesday's game will advance to the regional semifinals on Thursday night.