After two consecutive district final losses, Mason won one on Saturday.
DAYTON — Mason had lost two consecutive district final games, but the Comets finally broke through on Saturday at UD Arena. Though Centerville held a slim lead at halftime, Mason regained controlled in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth to a 44-38 win.
The Elks led 23-21 at halftime, but cold shooting in the second half doomed their chances. Centerville made just 2 of 11 three-point shots from the floor. Donnie Shelton led the Elks with 13 points, 11 of which in the first half. Keegan Saben added 12 points.
The Comets had a stellar game from senior guard Edward Puisis, who scored 21 .and committed just one turnover.
Mason advances to face Moeller in a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Wright State’s Nutter Center.
Moeller 57, Walnut Hills 44
After a tight first three quarters. Moeller flexed its muscles down the stretch and came out on top against Walnut Hills 57-44 in Saturday’s first district final.
Moeller led by one point at halftime but took control with an 8-2 run at the start of the third quarter. Walnut Hills cut the lead to three points late in the third, but the Crusaders pulled out to a double-digit lead in the final two minutes of the fourth after several free throws.
Moeller was 23-for-32 from the foul line Walnut Hills could muster only 9 points from the line.
Four players led Moeller by scoring in double figures. Riley Voss had 14 points and 9 rebounds, Keegan McDowell and Miles McBride each scored 13 and Isaiah Payton contributed 10 points. Payton played the whole game and came out in the last minute and committed just two turnovers.
Walnut Hills was led by Jordan Henderson with 15 points.