"We hit two free throws, we win the game," said the 6-5 SF/SG from Aurora (IL) West Aurora. "It's a tough loss. But it's a valuable lesson: Free throws and rebounds win games."
So do guys like Mason - usually. The athletic leaper averaged 23 points and nine rebounds an outing while playing the two and the three positions this past winter at West Aurora.
He got off to a slow start Thursday against the Celtics and ended up with 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting and an ugly 4-for-10 performance from the line. He did come alive down the stretch - he managed to get himself to the line an awful lot - but it wasn't enough.
"I think I was a little too hype," Mason explained. "I was playing a little too fast at the beginning. I needed to settle down and get into my game. And I tried to get my team back into it. We made a little bit of a run but couldn't get it done. But it's been a good summer."
But now it's over - the Fire heads back home on Friday - and Mason is ready to shift his focus to his recruitment and a fall decision on schools. His current list includes Oklahoma, Marquette, DePaul, Auburn and Boston College - but that's open to plenty of revisions before he calls in a commitment.
"I'm going to try to narrow my list down, make a couple official visits - like two or three - and then go from there," he said. "And I want to decide early. Definitely."
Michael Kruse writes for Basketball America and BasketballAmerica.com.