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The Loudoun Report: boys basketball

Potomac Falls and Broad Run are trying to distance themselves from the pack in the Dulles District while Stone Bridge is off to its best start yet in the Liberty. It's your weekly Loudoun boys' hoops update with story lines, standings and the schedule for the week ahead.

Broad Run, P-Falls rolling right along
Their first meeting of the season was an instant classic, and since that night, Broad Run and Potomac Falls have distanced themselves from the rest of the Dulles District, dispatching district and non-league opponents alike and creating what may turn into a two-team race for the district title.


Lukas Mihailovich (31) and Potomac Falls are atop the heap in the Dulles District. (Tracy A. Woodward, TWP)

The Panthers and Spartans have each suffered only one defeat to this point, with Zach Curran's last-second three-pointer back on Dec. 18 ousting Broad Run from the ranks of the unbeaten and giving Potomac Falls an early one-game edge in the standings.

"We really felt like we had to hold serve on our court," Potomac Falls Coach Jeff Hawes said. "It's going to be tough playing at their place, so that win was huge for us."

Since that defeat -- in which Broad Run's best ball-handlers committed costly turnovers down the stretch that enabled the Panthers to climb back from a seven-point deficit in the final five minutes -- the Spartans (12-1, 3-1 AA Dulles) are on a tear. They've won their ensuing six games by an average margin of 18.5 points.

Leading the way for the Spartans is 6-5 forward/guard Kevin McGaughey who poses matchup problems on the inside and around the perimeter with his ability to handle the ball and knock down the outside shot. McGaughey leads Broad Run with 21.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

"He's playing really good basketball right now," Broad Run Coach John Costello said.

The Panthers (9-1, 3-0) are spearheaded by junior guard Lukas Mihailovich -- another match up nightmare -- who leads the district with 22.2 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals. Potomac Falls has not lost since a seven-point setback against Loudoun Valley on Dec. 12.

One team that hopes to stay with the two front-runners is Park View (7-4, 2-1), which notched a big home victory over Briar Woods on Friday. Still, Patriots Coach Mike Koscinski realizes his team - which lost at Broad Run earlier in the week - has some work to do.

"The league right now goes through Broad Run and P-Falls until we can prove otherwise," Park View Coach Mike Koscinski said. "But that's where we want to be."

Bulldogs off to a hot start
For all the dominance the Stone Bridge football program has enjoyed in the Liberty District, the same cannot be said for its boys' basketball counterpart. Since the Bulldogs made the move from the AA Dulles to the AAA Liberty, wins have been hard to come by and fast starts unheard of.


Sonny Green likes what he's seen so far from his Bulldogs. (Joel Richardson, TWP)

Don't look now, but Sonny Green's current crop is attempting to shake their reputation as non-factors in the league. After compiling a 15-41 mark in district play since joining in the 2005-06 season, the Bulldogs currently sit at 7-4 overall and are tied for second in the district with a 3-1 mark.

Coming into a week that saw his team face three district foes in a six-day span, Green knew the importance of maintaining momentum from a stronger-than-usual start to the season.

After a disappointing defeat at Langley, the Bulldogs rebounded nicely with 20-point routs of South Lakes and Madison to keep pace behind the Saxons at the top of the district standings.

A pair of second-year transfers has led the way offensively as senior Richie Berry (17.9) and junior Nik Brown (20.4) are both averaging better than 17 points per game. Brown had 24 against Madison -- his sixth 20-point performance of the season -- and Berry was the high-scorer with 21 against South Lakes. He also added 20 against the Warhawks.

Standings

Dulles District
------------------------------League-----Overall
1. Potomac Falls-----------3-0-----------9-1
2. Broad Run---------------3-1----------12-1
3. Park View----------------2-1-----------7-4
4. Briar Woods-------------2-3-----------5-6
4. Dominion-----------------2-3 ----------2-10
6. Freedom-----------------1-3-----------2-11
6. Loudoun County--------1-3-----------6-5

Cedar Run District
------------------------------League-----Overall
1. Stonewall Jackson-----1-0------------4-6
2. Battlefield----------------2-2------------5-5
3. Osbourn-----------------1-1-----------7-4
4. Heritage------------------0-1-----------2-5
5. Loudoun Valley---------0-2-----------4-5

Liberty District
------------------------------League-----Overall
1. Langley-------------------4-0-----------9-2
2. Marshall------------------3-1-----------5-6
2. Stone Bridge------------3-1-----------7-4
4. Fairfax--------------------2-2------------4-7
4. McLean------------------2-2------------6-5
4. South Lakes------------2-2------------4-7
7. Madison-----------------0-4-----------1-11
7. Thomas Jefferson-----0-4------------3-8

The week ahead
Monday
Briar Woods at Broad Run, 7:30
Dominion at Loudoun Valley, 7:30
Loudoun County at Potomac Falls, 7:30
Park View at Freedom-South Riding, 7:30

Tuesday
Fairfax at Stone Bridge, 7:30
Heritage at Stonewall Jackson, 7:30
Loudoun County at Loudoun Valley, 7:30

Wednesday
Brentsville at Broad Run, 7:30
Handley at Dominion, 7

Thursday
Briar Woods at Osbourn, 7:30
Broad Run at Loudoun County, 7:30
Dominion at Park View, 7:30
Potomac Falls at Freedom-South Riding, 7:30

Friday
Fauquier at Kettle Run, 7:30
Heritage at Osbourn, 7:30
Stone Bridge at McLean, 7:30
Stonewall Jackson at Loudoun Valley, 7:30

Saturday
Park View at Heritage, 7:30
Washington (WV) at Loudoun Valley, 7:30

By Matt Brooks  |  January 11, 2010; 4:25 PM ET
Categories:  AA Dulles , AAA Cedar Run District , AAA Liberty District , Boys' Basketball , Broad Run , Girls' Basketball , Potomac Falls , Stone Bridge High School  
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