By Jeff Wallner, Enquirer contributor
Balanced scoring and aggressive defense lifted the Mason Comets boys basketball team to an impressive Great Miami Conference victory Friday night.
Junior guard Cameron Arminio and junior center Rodney Hutchinson each scored 13 points and senior guard Adam Thomas added 10, lifting Mason, ranked No. 8 in the Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll, to a 59-46 victory at 5th-ranked Lakota East.
Lakota East guard Alex White led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He was 8-for-11 shooting.
“They’ve got so many weapons out there,” said Mason coach Greg Richards. “We talked about our defense the past two weeks. For the most part we took care of the ball when we had to. It was two good teams. In the GMC you better be ready to play.”
Mason had difficulty defending White during much of Friday’s game, beginning with the first quarter in which the 6-foot-7 junior scored eight points for the Thunderhawks.
The Mason student section was relentless with junior G Mitchell Mays, who led all scorers with 20 points when the teams met in December. He silenced them with a pair of 3-pointers in the first half Friday and finished with eight points.
The Comets had eight different players in the scoring column in the first half. Just three players scored for the Thunderhawks including White who scored 10 of their 21 points.
“We passed the ball nicely, and found a lot of open looks,” said Arminio. “Coach stressed defense in practice. We got out on their shooters.”