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Written by: DAVE FACINOLI, Sun Gazette Newspapers |
Back to the finals go the Washington-Lee Generals, with the determination of closing the deal and winning the championship after finishing second last season.
On Friday at 7 p.m. in Reston, second-seeded W-L plays the host, top-seed and defending champion South Lakes Seahawks in the title game of the Liberty District boys high-school basketball tournament.
The Generals (14-9) reached the district final for the second-straight year by defeating the No. 3 seed and visiting McLean Highlanders, 61-53, in the tourney semifinals Feb. 13. A year ago, W-L lost to South Lakes (16-7) by a 66-63 score in the Liberty final.
“It’s our turn to win it this year,” said Bobby Dobson, in his 26th season was Washington-Lee’s head coach. “That’s the goal the players have.”
South Lakes and W-L split two regular-season games, with the Seahawks winning the last, 70-52, and the Generals the first, 68-59.
“We have to make them play against our set defense and keep the game close,” Dobson said. “We know how to play in close games, because we’ve had so many. I like our chances.”
Washington-Lee and South Lakes had first-round tournament byes, then won Feb. 13 semifinals contests. The Seahawks topped Herndon, 69-53.
For W-L against McLean (16-8), the Generals opened play shooting well and never trailed. They took the lead for good at 8-5 on a three-pointer by point guard Marino Dias (11 points, four assists, five rebounds).
That was one of six first-period threes for Washington-Lee, which made nine for the game. The Generals led 22-16 at the end of the first quarter, 29-24 at halftime and 50-42 after three periods.
“Our plan was to come out and get the lead and keep it,” Dobson said. “We kept our composure throughout the game for the most part.”
Washington-Lee also shot well – 54 percent from the floor and had just nine turnovers.
Anthony Reyes led W-L in scoring with 15 points, making three three-pointers, all in the first quarter. Max Gieseman made two threes and scored 14 to go with seven rebounds, Alex Simmons made a three and scored 10 to go with three assists, and Anzell Jones had seven points (one three) and two assists off the bench. Adam Demba, with a key follow shot, and Henry Erwin had two points each and Patrick McGee had three rebounds.
Dobson praised Dias for controlling the offense and making big plays. He hit two three-pointers.
“He found people, made good passes and hit big shots,” Dobson said.
McLean played the night before and defeated Yorktown, 73-63, in a high-paced game.
Against Washington-Lee, district Player of the Year Matias Prock led the Highlanders with 31 points and five rebounds. He made four three-pointers, was 10 of 13 shooting from the floor and 7 of 8 from the foul line.
“He should be the Player of the Year,” Dobson said of Prock. “He can really shoot and is such a good player. We usually don’t let players score that many points.”
Evan Stout had 11 points in the loss for McLean.