AA DULLES BOYS
Dominion Recovers To Top Potomac Falls In Boys' Basketball
Saturday, January 10, 2009
The opportunity was there once again for Dominion to falter.
After holding a 10-point lead with about three minutes to play in the third quarter, the Titans allowed crosstown rival Potomac Falls to close out the frame on a 15-1 run, stealing the lead and the support of a standing-room only crowd in Sterling.
It was all too familiar for Dominion, which last season held an eight-point halftime lead at Potomac Falls only to fall by 11.
But so much has changed in a season for the Titans.
This time, displaying the poise of a veteran team and getting contributions from a roster that last season had played sideshow to DeAndre Albritton, Dominion fought back to secure perhaps the most important win in the program's history, 58-52.
The Titans received yet another standout performance from Albritton, the senior guard and reigning Virginia AA Dulles District Player of the Year, who poured in 26 points and added 10 rebounds and six steals. But they also found help from everyone else, including a gritty performance by senior Sean Ashton (3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals), 12 points from senior Greg Smucker and another stellar outing from sophomore DeAndre Reaves (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists).
And for a team known more for its offensive star, what was most surprising may have been that its defense made the difference.
Dominion had no trouble getting to the line in the fourth quarter after Albritton's bucket gave it a one-point lead. But the Titans were just 5 for 16 from the line in the quarter.
But Albritton -- who missed all four of his fourth-quarter free throw attempts -- had three steals and four rebounds in the final minutes. And Ashton and Chris Huff also added steals, contributing to 11 fourth-quarter Potomac Falls turnovers.
"I think your misfortunes on offense you can always make up on defense," Albritton said.
The win moved Dominion (8-4, 4-0) into sole possession of first place in the district, just ahead of the Panthers (9-3, 4-1). And, according to Coach Steve Douglas, showed Dominion was a legitimate contender to win the district.
"We are a team to be reckoned with," Douglas said. "And it's not being cocky, that's just an air that we've got to carry to play. Because we have the ability to play, we got to bring it forth."
Dominion 58 Potomac Falls 52 Wrong Sport: In the first half, Potomac Falls senior guard Gregory Woodlief, an honorable mention All-Met defensive back, tackled Dominion's DeAndre Albritton as he dribbled up the court. Woodlief was whistled for an intentional foul, and the teams had to be separated. Crowd Control: The crowd at Potomac Falls's cramped gym was at capacity. Students sat on the floor on the sides of bleachers while others stood in crowds five- or six-deep to see the rivalry play out. The referees struggled to hear coaches call timeouts with the dueling sections chanting throughout the contest.