BV Northwest's Alston Mason scored a game-high 24 points. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)
When the going got tough, Alston Mason got tougher.
Mason, point guard for Blue Valley Northwest, helped lead the No. 2 Huskies to a 54-50 win over No. 4 Staley in the nightcap of the 810 Varsity Shootout at Avila University on Saturday night.
The 6-foot-2 senior scored 12 of BV Northwest's 14 last points in the final five minutes. After Staley's Asa Bridges stuck back an offensive rebound for the Falcons first - and only lead - of the game at 37-36 with 6:41 left, Ben Fritz put back an offensive rebound to retake the lead. Jack Chapman followed with a double spin move across the lane for a 40-37 edge with 5:09 left.
Then Mason went nuts, with an offensive tipback for a 42-37 lead with 4:49 left, followed by a driving hoop for a 44-37 margin.
Staley fought back with two free throws from 6-foot-5 sophomore Kayden Fish, then a Kendrick Stone steal and Asa Bridges lay-in to pull to 44-41 with 3:19 remaining.
Mason countered with two free throws, then sophomore Grant Stubblefield hit a bucket for a 48-41 lead with 2:10 left.
Bridges hit a baseline three to pull to 48-44, but Mason hit a drive for a 50-44 edge. Staley didn't go away, with a Kyan Evans three-pointer, but Mason hit two free throws to stay at 52-47 with :42 left.
Evans came back with a driving basket to get to 52-520 with :21.5, but Mason hit two free throws with :10 left to seal the game at 54-50.
"We played well and held them offensively, but Mason was just too much at the end," Staley head coach Chris Neff said.
The win marked back-to-back wins over top 5 teams in the 810 Varsity Top 25, as BV Northwest topped No. 5 Blue Valley North, 71-56, on Friday night. Some of that showed early, as the Huskies were cold in the first half, mustering just four points over an 8-minute stretch. After two Mason free throws to lead at 10-3 with 4:19 in the first quarter, BV Northwest converted just a Mason baseline drive and a Ben Fritz spinning left-handed hoop over the next 7:58. But Staley didn't scorch the nets either, and trailed 21-17 at intermission.
"We had two big games this weekend, but two nights the kids really stepped up. They play well together, and just know how to win," said Huskies head coach Ed Fritz.
- The game pitted Neff, who won the EYBL Peach Jam in 2018, against Fritz, who served as the McDonald's All-Star Game head coach in 2019.
- Blue Valley Northwest improved to 6-5 in the 810 Varsity showcases, while Staley stands at 1-1
Jack Chapman and BV Northwest beat their second top 5 foe in two nights. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)
Evans 4 3-3 13, Parker 1 0-0 3, Fish 7 3-4 17, Stone 4 0-0 9, Davis 0 1-2 1, Bridges 3 0-1 7. Totals 19 6-10 50.
BV Northwest (54)
Mason 8 8-9 24, Robinson 2 1-1 6, Chapman 3 4-4 11, Fritz 3 4-5 10, Stubblefield 1 1-2 3. Totals 17 18-21 54.
Three-pointers: Evans 3, Paker, Stone, Bridges; Robinson, Chapman.
Staley 7 10 16 17 - 50
BV Northwest 12 9 15 18 - 54