Makai Mason shines in Yale basketball’s Australian opener

Mason Scores 18 Points To Pace Yale

Makai Mason led the Bulldogs in their first game in Australia. (Photo: Yale Athletics)
Makai Mason led the Bulldogs in their first game in Australia. (Photo: Yale Athletics)

MELBOURNE, Australia – Yale had a big challenge in its first game in Australia, facing a Ringwood team that was fresh off a regular season championship. The Bulldogs had a 40-36 lead at halftime, but Ringwood outscored Yale 24-13 in the third quarter en route to an 85-75 win before a packed house at The Rings Court.

Makai Mason scored 18 points to pace the Bulldogs. Justin Sears added 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, and Sem Kroon contributed 10 points and four rebounds.

As expected, head coach James Jones utilized all 11 players, and all 11 scored. The incoming freshman class did not make the trip.

Nick Victor tallied eight points, Anthony Dallier and Jack Montague each had seven, Eric Anderson had four, Landon Russell had three and Khaliq Ghani, AJ Edwards and Sam Downey each had two.

The Bulldogs arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday morning after a nearly 24-hour journey across the world.

Yale shot 39.5 percent from the field and was 4-of-24 from three-point range.

The game was played under FIBA rules, which feature 10-minute quarters and a 24-second shot clock. Perhaps the most unique adjustment for Yale was dealing with only 14 seconds on the shot clock after grabbing an offensive rebound.

The Bulldogs had 14 offensive rebounds in the game and outrebounded Ringwood 46-36 overall.

Yale plays again Thursday at 7 p.m. Australian time against the Victorian Youth All Stars. No video available for that game.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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