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Broad Run boys roll to another holiday tournament title

The Leesburg Honda Holiday Tournament is fast becoming a three-day magical elixir for the Broad Run boys' basketball team. In consecutive seasons, the event co-hosts have entered the winter break with concerns following a close loss and left with three wins.

Wednesday at Stone Bridge, the Spartans once again completed a three-game sweep to claim the tournament title, crushing AA Dulles District rivals Dominion 96-65 and propelling themselves into the new year with plenty of momentum.

"I really like this gym," Broad Run senior forward Kevin McGaughey said of Stone Bridge. "The rims are soft, so a nice bounce for a shooter. It's a nice floor so it's always nice to play here and we play here a lot, so we're used to it."

After rolling past Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge in their first two contests, the Spartans struggled in the early going as Dominion used a triangle-and-two zone to frustrate Broad Run's offense. With defenders hounding McGaughey and junior guard Taylor Johnson - the team's primary offensive catalysts - Broad Run settled for a slew of outside jumpers that clanged off the iron. On the other end, Dominion junior guard Deandre Reaves was too much to handle, scoring 19 of his team-high 22 points in the first half as the Titans jumped to an early 17-12 advantage in the first quarter.

But the Spartans (9-1) adjusted, penetrating into the paint to collapse the defense and free up shooters and picking up the intensity on the defensive end to force turnovers and get out in transition. Broad Run outscored Dominion 28-15 in the second quarter to take a 42-32 lead and kept running after the break with 31 points in the third.

"I was real pleased that as badly as we played the first eight minutes, I think we kind of turned it around the next eight minutes," Broad Run Coach John Costello said. "It could have been a disaster, because it kind of took the wind out of our sail. But all of a sudden, we picked up the 'D' and got in transition. We were up 10 at halftime and 20 after three and it was over."

McGaughey led all scorers with 26 points and was named the tournament's most valuable player after averaging 18.7 points per game through the three contests. Senior Ahmad Zafar - who was also named to the all-tournament team - finished with 19 points and routinely beat Dominion's zone of the dribble, getting to the rim for layups. Sophomore DaDa Johnson added 11 points and four assists and Zach Rawson chipped in 10 points and five rebounds off the bench as the Spartans took down the Titans for the second time on the season.

Junior guard Jordan Chinn scored 12 points, junior Sammy Coleman had 10 and senior forward Brendan Lidral-Porter added nine points and 11 rebounds as the defending state quarter finalist Titans (1-9) dropped their ninth fifth straight.

Broad Run's tournament sweep came on the heels of a deflating last-second loss to league rivals Potomac Falls as the Spartans blew a nine point lead in the final five minutes and Panthers' point guard Zach Curran hit a three-pointer from the corner in the final seconds to complete the improbable comeback. Last season, the Spartans entered the tournament following a 73-70 loss to Heritage that also snapped their unbeaten streak to start the year.

"It's hard to go into break with a loss and a loss that was like that one," McGaughey said. "Now that we're back playing, we kind of forgot about that, but we know that we don't want to have that feeling again."

Bulldogs nip Valley

The night cap provided considerably more drama as Loudoun Valley and Stone Bridge battled back and forth in a final six minutes that saw four lead changes.

With the score knotted at 59-59 and less than two minutes remaining, Stone Bridge junior Nik Brown drove toward the basket and nailed a running floater that resulted in a four-point swing after a charge was whistled on Kyle Kohnen at the other end and gave the Bulldogs a two-point advantage.

On the ensuing trip, Kohnen was fouled and made one of two free throws. Following a Stone Bridge timeout, Kohnen got the ball back in his team's hands, forcing a five second count on Brown at the top of the key. But junior point guard Brandon Bunce threw the ball into traffic, trying to feed Django DeGree and Stone Bridge freshman Jimmy Paige ran the length of the floor for the layup that made it 63-60.

The Vikings did not call a timeout and pushed the ball up the floor to DeGree who forced up a three-pointer that missed. John Yoxthimer got the rebound and dribbled back outside the arc but could not get a shot up before the final buzzer as the Bulldogs held on to take two of three in the tournament.

"I thought we played well down the stretch," Stone Bridge Coach Sonny Green said. "We kept our poise, we got some stops when we needed them and I thought overall we played tough. So I'm very proud of the kids."

Brown finished with 15 points and made all six of his free throw attempts and senior guard Richie Berry had 19 to go along with six rebounds. Together, the pair of second-year transfers has elevated the play of a team that has struggled mightily over the last several seasons. Now they enter a busy week of AAA Liberty District play with a 5-3 mark.

"They both have the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket," Green said. "But one of the things they're really starting to do a lot better is getting the teammates involved. I always say that good players can get themselves shots. To be a very good player, you have to be able to get everybody shots. I think that that's what they're starting to do."

Senior Cody Mangano led the Vikings (4-3) with 19 points and six rebounds, many coming on the offensive end. DeGree finished with 15 points as Valley dropped two of three during the three-day event.

"We felt very confident going into this game because this is our home court and we need to protect it," Berry said. "This is a big confidence booster for us going 2-1 in this tournament."

All-Tournament team
Richie Berry - Stone Bridge
Ahmad Zafar - Broad Run
Mike Hathaway - Loudoun Valley
Deadre Reaves - Dominion
MVP - Kevin McGaughey - Broad Run

Stone Bridge girls sweep tournament

On the girls' side, Stone Bridge completed a three-game sweep on its home floor earlier in the afternoon, nearly doubling up Dominion 44-24.

Tournament MVP Sara Stancik led the Bulldogs (7-1) as they dominated their three contests, winning by an average margin of 16 points per game. The Titans (0-10) have now lost 33 straight games over three seasons.

In the other game, Loudoun Valley upended Broad Run 45-36 to win two of three in the event. The Vikings improved to 4-3 on the season while the Spartans fell to 5-5.

All-Tournament team
Sakai Williams - Stone Bridge
Nina Dunay - Broad Run
Stephanie Purnell - Loudoun Valley
Imani Smith - Dominion
MVP - Sara Stancik - Stone Bridge

Other Loudoun action

Elsewhere, the Park View and Loudoun County boys won their respective holiday tournaments as the Patriots won the Park View Holiday Basketball Classic with an 81-48 victory over visiting Manassas Park. Park View (6-3) has now won four straight.

Meantime, the Raiders (5-4) knocked off Brunswick 50-42 to win the Middletown (MD) Holiday Tournament. Senior Mahir MrKonjic led the Raiders with 21 points on four three-pointers.

On the girls' side, No. 9 Freedom suffered its first defeat of the season, losing to Bulldog Bash hosts Westfield 54-42 in the championship game. Kelsey Buchanan led the Eagles with 21 points.

Here are the rest of the scores from Wednesday's action...

Bulldog Bash (Boys)
Woodbridge 75, Freedom 40

Park View Holiday Basketball Classic (Boys)
Highland School 52, Brentsville 42
Park View 81, Manassas Park 48

All-Tournament team
David Hammond - Brentsville District
Pat Kelly - Highland School
Jordan Owens - Park View
Desmond McDonald - Manassas Park
MVP - J.R. Shooks - Park View

Middletown Holiday Tournament (Boys)
Loudoun County 50, Brunswick 42

Liberty Holiday Tournament (Boys)
Liberty 69, Briar Woods 66

Bulldog Bash at Westfield (Girls)
Westfield 54, No. 9 Freedom 42

Pohanka Chantilly Holiday Tournament (Girls)
No. 16 Loudoun County 71, George Mason 66

Park View Holiday Basketball Classic (Girls)
Manassas Park 50, Highland School 45
Brentsville 54, Park View 43

All-Tournament team
Ciara Jackson - Highland School
Che Brown - Manassas Park
Kelsey Taylor - Brentsville District
Chloe Owens - Park View
MVP - Kayla Baltimore - Brentsville District

Briar Woods Holiday Tournament (Girls)
Handley 53, Briar Woods 46
Liberty 63, Fauquier 32

By Matt Brooks  |  December 31, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , Boys' Basketball , Girls' Basketball  
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