DAYTON, Ohio - With a medal around his neck and his voice quivering, Mason boys’ basketball coach Greg Richards fought back tears at UD Arena late Saturday afternoon.
Mason just defeated Centerville 44-38 in a Division I district final – the Comets’ first district title since 1994 when they were a Division II program.
While the players waited in line to take their turn at cutting down the net on the near side, Richards was surrounded by reporters. He insisted this district title was for the players. But the emotion said it all.
“It’s been a long time,” said Richards, whose team finished second in the Greater Miami Conference. “We talked about putting this year’s numbers up on the banner. We weren't able to do that in our league so we had do it somewhere else, so we chose today to do it.”
Senior Eddie Puisis had a game-high 21 points to lead Mason. Senior guard Ben Schutte added seven points and three assists. Senior Matt King had six points and six rebounds. Junior guard Tanner Knue had six points and seven rebounds.