Mason Boys Basketball Wins First DI District Title - Headed for Sweet Sixteen




The Mason Boys Basketball team advanced in the post season on Saturday, winning the programs first Division 1 District Championship. The Comets held off the Centerville Elks 44-38 at Dayton's UD Arena to achieve their first District Title since winning a D2 championship 24 years ago. 

Centerville got the early jump in the game with Mason finding it necessary to call an early timeout down 7-2 midway through the first quarter. Eddie Puisis then scored five of Mason's next six points and the Comets held a first quarter 8-7 lead.

Centerville shot a blistering 6-of-8 from the field in the second quarter to lead at half 23-21. However, Puisis and the Comets scored the first two baskets of the second half to regain the lead. From there, the Elks would get within a point but the Comets were able to slowly widen the gap. A second Puisis three-pointer put Mason up 39-33 with a little over four minutes to go.  The Comets would lead by eight late in the game to hold off any Elk come-back attempt.

A key part of the game was turnovers with Mason forcing Centerville into a dozen that turned into 18 points. The Comets, who may be longer than many teams realize, won the battle of the boards 27-23. 

Puisis finished with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Tanner Knue had 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Noah Pedelty made a huge block of an Elk shot in the final minutes and scored 6 points. Matt King scored 6 and rebounded 6.

Mason (21-2) will get a shot at #1 ranked, and undefeated Moeller (25-0) in the SWEET SIXTEEN. The Comets and the Crusaders will meet for a chance to advance to state, this coming Wednesday, 6:15, at Wright State's Nutter Center. Moeller defeated Walnut Hills 57-44 to advance. The winner will meet either LaSalle or Springfield on Friday, March 17th back at Wright State for the Regional Final.