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Loudoun Game of the Week: Briar Woods-Park View boys

When Briar Woods visits Park View Friday night in an early season Dulles District battle, the Falcons will be playing for a lot more than just another 'W' on their record.

In their first three seasons as a varsity program, the Falcons entered each and every league contest looking for their first-ever win over their opponent that evening. That all changed last season when Briar Woods went from cellar dweller to legitimate spoiler, notching its first four district victories against three playoff teams, including district champions and AA Division 3 quarterfinalists Dominion.

This season, the Falcons have picked up right where they left off and enter Friday's match up with a 5-5 record and a 2-2 mark against Dulles District competition. Their opponent is familiar with Briar Woods's recent upswing; last season, Park View lost a one-point heart-breaker on their home floor to the Falcons, 68-67.

While Briar Woods is looking to build on last season's success with a strong core of returning starters, the Patriots spent the first month of the season figuring out what they had to work with on a team that lost seven seniors. Led by sophomore Ryan McCarter -- who already has a handful of 30-point scoring efforts on the season -- the Patriots (6-4, 1-1) are gaining traction in the district and have already flashed their potential with a convincing win over district rival Loudoun County.

Battling McCarter in the backcourt is another budding young star in the district, Briar Woods's 5-foot-5 sophomore Myles Tate. The diminutive point guard broke out as a freshman last season, and despite added defensive attention has become one of the most potent offensive forces in the league. Tate has scored at least 20 points in six games so far this season and has been held to single digits only once. At 22.2 points per game, he leads the league in scoring.

Tonight the McCarter and the Patriots will look to hold serve on their home court while Tate and the upstart Falcons attempt to eclipse the .500 mark in district play for the first time ever.

Here's how they match up...

Briar Woods (5-5, 2-2) at Park View (6-4, 1-1)
Points per game: BW - 63.7; PV - 64.2
Points allowed per game: BW - 57.3; PV - 62.3
Last season: 1/12 at BW - PV 65-57; 2/10 at PV - BW 68-67

Backcourt: BW (9 games counted) - G Myles Tate 22.2, G Correy Faciane 11.4, G Matt Roush 10.7, G Yves Kuame 6.3; PV (5) - G Ryan McCarter 19.7, G/F Jordan Owens 9.7.

Frontcourt: BW - F Curtis Calder 5.4; PV - F/C J.R. Shooks 11.6, F Alec Dombkowski 5.3, F Tim French 4.8.

The rest of Friday's schedule
Broad Run (10-1) at Freedom (2-10)
Loudoun County (6-4) at Dominion (1-10)
Loudoun Valley (4-4) at Battlefield (4-5)
Battlefield (1-6) at Loudoun Valley (5-3)
Dominion (0-11) at Loudoun County (7-2)
Freedom (8-2) at Broad Run (6-4)
Park View (2-8) at Briar Woods (4-5)

By Matt Brooks  |  January 8, 2010; 12:34 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , AAA Cedar Run District , Boys' Basketball , Briar Woods , Girls' Basketball , Park View  
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