Stuart (11-13) at Lake Braddock (17-7): Lake Braddock reconfigured its offensive and defensive schemes for the playoffs and it worked, resulting in a Patriot District championship. Will Gregorits came up big, averaging 18.3 points during the Bruins’ run to the title as the district’s No. 4 seed. Awaiting them is an upstart Stuart squad that has become known for its resilient play. Zachary Danker-Feldman has been a monster in the paint this season, averaging 18.3 points and 10.9 rebounds for the Raiders.
McLean (12-12) at Robinson (17-8): Despite graduating its top five scorers from a year ago, McLean ended this year’s Liberty District tournament the same way it did last season — in the championship game. The Highlanders seem to find most of their success in grind-it-out defensive battles, as witnessed by their last three wins, when they failed to crack 50 points. Robinson also came up just short in the Concorde District championship against Herndon, but the Rams continue to display a balanced scoring attack within their uptempo offense.
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Oakton (12-10) at Langley (19-5): After putting together an impressive regular season that saw them win nine straight, the Langley Saxons have struggled of late with two losses in a week to McLean. The Saxons still are a threat with big man Brad Dotson and capable scorer Justin Galiani in the fold. Oakton boasts one of the area’s best scorers in Robert Bacon as well as several three-point threats that have hit a total of 108 shots from downtown this season.
T.C. Williams (14-10) at No. 18 Wakefield (21-4): Winners of 13 straight, Wakefield stands as the region’s hottest team entering this week’s tournament. During that stretch, the Warriors have won by an average margin of 18 points behind scoring threats Khory Moore, Ermias Nega and Dominique Tham. While the Warriors are the current buzz, T.C Williams has the historical clout with its 10 region crowns and two state titles. The Titans have struggled to find consistent production this season but it’s safe to say that Coach Julian King will have his players primed for another potential playoff run.