Mason Boys Fall to Moeller in Extremely Competitive "Sweet Sixteen" Battle

03/16/2017

Mason boys basketball gave undefeated and #1 ranked Moeller just about everything they wanted in Wednesday's Regional Semi-Final at Wright State. Moeller and Mason last met March 3, 2003, in a sectional final with the Crusaders winning 74-55. 

The Comets played Moeller as tough as any other team this season but fell a little short, losing 60-57 and ending a memorable campaign as one of the best 16 teams in the state. 

Both teams displayed torrid shooting with Moeller hitting 66.7 percent and Mason 56.1. The 57 points for the Comets was the most scored against Moeller all season. The Comets came out blazing in the first quarter pushing the pace and twice racking up leads of seven points.  

Still on the run in the second quarter, Mason opened up a 23-13 lead on Moeller. The Crusaders fought and eventually tied the Comets with 45 ticks before the half. The first half shooting was lights out with Moeller at 70 percent and Mason at 62.5 from the field.

The first points of the third quarter went to Moeller and the Crusaders would not again relinquish the lead. They led 48-43 going to the fourth.

Mason twice got within a bucket in the fourth, but Moeller was able to answer with baskets or free throws. Moeller did miss a free throw with :09 left, allowing Mason a three-point shot by Puisis, but it was a miss. A final heave by Ben Schutte would have tied the game, but the 75-footer hit the backboard to the right of the rim.

Matt King made 9-of-11 of his shots to lead Mason and all scorers with 24 points. Mason finishes the season 21-3. It was the final prep game for Eddie Puisis, Carlos Lewis, Matthew DeLotell, Ben Schutte and Matt King.

Thank you coaches and players for a tremendous season of Comet basketball!

Game report compliments of Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen