Mason Boys Basketball Prepares for 10-1 Williamston

Colin Koot, Writer

Williamston Basketball is a force to be reckoned with.  They are 10-1 overall, with a 4-0 record in the CAAC Red division .  The Hornets have beaten some of the best teams in the area- East Lansing, Howell, and Haslett.

Williamston is ranked number two in the state and have two players ranked in the top 100 for the state according to the Detroit Free Press.  Power forward Sean Cobb is ranked number 21 in the state, and 6’7”senior Joe Hannenberg is ranked within the top 100.

Junior point guard Mitchell Cook is also a key piece in the Williamston offense because of the experience he brings to the team.  He has started for three years, and knows exactly what head coach Tom Lewis wants out of the team.  “We just have to take it game by game,” Cook told mlive.com. “We have to listen to our coaches and play as a team.”

Mason doesn’t have the size to match up with Williamston, but they hope they are quicker and can keep Hannenberg and Cobb off the blocks.  “We’ll have to help a lot inside.  We obviously don’t have the size to match their big guy Cobb, but we need to double him and still be able to get out on the shooters,” senior guard Patrick O’Connor said.

The Haslett Vikings employed a similar strategy on the Hornet big men in their first matchup on January 11.  The Vikings almost beat Williamston, but came up six points short in a 71-65 loss.

“The biggest keys to the game are slowing down their team and being able to stop some aspects of their game.  We just have to play hard and make shots and we just might have a shot of beating them,” said O’Connor.

The Hornets’ only loss on the season was against Pickerington Central in the Motor City Roundball Classic in late December.  Pickerington Central is an elite prep school in Ohio, and they are ranked number 28 nationally according to Max Preps.

After dropping a tough road game at Fowlerville by the score of 69-45, an upset victory over the heavily favored Hornets would be a great boost for the Bulldogs as they look to move up in the CAAC Red standings.