Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Tommy Mason-Griffin Helps Power Madison


Butler Fieldhouse was rocking late Wednesday night as Madison High School pulled out a thrilling win over rival Bellaire High School, 78-76. Point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin (2009 OU Commit) sank a deep fall-away three pointer in the last Marlins possession to tie the game at 76. Seconds remained as the Bellaire Cardinals inbounded the ball for a last second attempt at the win. Unfortunately, Madison stole the inbounds pass from Bellaire’s Jonathan Evans and Darryl Toney layed in the rock at the buzzer, giving the win to Madison and stunning the Bellaire players and fans.

The District 20-5A rivals faced off for the second and final time tonight in district play. Bellaire won the first meeting, another thriller that saw Madison’s furious 4th quarter rally fall short. Tonight’s second and final game was equally, if not more, entertaining.

Bellaire controlled the 1st quarter from the start. Tobi Oyedeji won the tip, leading to a quick and easy 2-0 Bellaire lead. Oyedeji gave the Bellaire faithful plenty to cheer about in the quarter as he scored at will and controlled the paint with multiple blocked shots. Despite the strong quarter from the Cardinals, Madison was right on their heels.

The second period saw more of the same with the Marlins clawing their way back into the game after letting Bellaire extend their lead early in the quarter. Halftime saw the Cardinals up 45-40.

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Madison emerged from halftime with renewed energy and started the onslaught that got the crowd out of their seats. Tommy Mason-Griffin lead the charge with his slick ball handling, silky smooth jumper, and lighting quicks. One sequence saw one of the night’s many crisp, accurate, jaw dropping passes lead to a lay up followed by a Marlin steal and another Mason-Griffin highlight assist. The Marlins built almost a double digit 3rd quarter lead thanks to the strong play of Mason-Griffin and his teammates. The Cardinals closed the gap late in the quarter, after Madison took their tallest player (6′4″) out of the game.

The 4th and final period looked prime for a Madison win despite the shaky end to the 3rd quarter. However, the Cardinals came back and overtook the Marlins and clung to 3pt lead late in the game. With a change to ice the game with less than 30 secs left, the Cardinals couldn’t connect at the free throw line, giving the Marlins another chance to tie the game at 76. With the crowd standing on their seats, Mason-Griffin brought the ball up the floor for the last Marlin possession. After a jab move left, Mason-Griffin went right, elevated, and wound up sinking the deep fall-away three pointer to tie the game. On the ensuing end bounds pass, Madison’s Mike Randle stole the ball and Darryl Toney layed in the ball at the buzzer to give the Marlins the win and throw the crowd into bedlam. While the Madison players ran wild on the court in jubilation, the Cardinal players were stunned. The post game celebration saw Paula and Big Tommy (Mason-Griffin’s parents) accepting congratulatory hugs and hand shakes from the Butler crowd.

With tonight’s thrilling 78-76 victory, Madison split the season series with Bellaire, 1-1. The season series between these two teams couldn’t have had two better games. After all, what else would you expect from two of the Greater Houston Area’s top high school teams.

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Despite being face guarded the entire game when off the ball, Mason-Griffin kept his composure and played within the team. When the circumstances dictated otherwise, TMG stepped his game up and took control. Leading the way for the Marlins were Mason-Griffin, Darryl Toney, Chad Jackson, and Mike Randle. The Cardinals were lead by Tobi Oyedeji, Sheldon McClellan, and Jonathan Evans.

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