The high of a victory was sandwiched in between two losses for George Mason High School’s boys basketball team at the Joe Cascio Holiday Classic last week.
Nine of Mason’s 13 entered wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight class.
The Mustangs will play at 9:30 p.m. to open the Joe Cascio Holiday Classic at Falls Church High School tonight.
The Mustangs came up short by three points after a sleepy second and third quarter put them in the deep hole.
The bucket capped off a miraculous 8-2 run in the closing 45 seconds and allowed Mason to take a bow (and a breath).
On the last possession of the game, Mason set up a three-point play. The shot was off but sophomore guard Bella Paradiso managed to gather the rebound and put the ball back up. Unfortunately, Paradiso’s second chance also didn’t connect and sealed the loss for the Mustangs.
Mason swimmers dominated from the opening to final events, starting with first and second place finishes for A and B relay teams in the Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay, as well as the Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Mustangs won 14 of 16 individual races and took first in every relay event. In four events, Mason swimmers swept first, second and third place, compounding points.
The Mustangs got a hot start by tallying 33 points in the first half to the Generals’ 18, seemingly paving the way for a safe win. However, the teams appeared to swap mojos in the second half as Mason added only 11 points to Washington-Liberty’s 34.
Younger faces take on bigger roles both on and off the court for George Mason High School’s boys basketball team as it started its season with a 55-43 loss over Independence High School and, coincidentally, a 55-43 win over Park View High School.
The change in the competitive landscape will test each program’s ability to repeat their previous successful seasons, but all the coaches maintain the new challenge is a welcome test for their teams.