This article incorrectly said that the Landon School won the Interstate Athletic Conference boys' basketball title outright in 1968. The Bears shared the title with Georgetown Prep that season; their last outright title came in 1961.
Landon Defeats Episcopal in Interstate Athletic Conference Basketball Championship Game
Sunday, February 22, 2009
As the second overtime was about to begin in the IAC tournament championship game, Landon senior Christian Webster gave his teammates a quick message.
"I was like, 'Man, this game has gotta end already,' " Webster said he told them. " 'It's been going on for too long.' "
And then he went out and made sure there would be only four more minutes of basketball. Webster scored seven of his game-high 35 points in the second overtime to lead the Bears to a 73-71 victory over Episcopal at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes.
The victory gave Landon its first outright IAC crown since 1968. The Bears shared the title in 1995 with Episcopal, and that would also have been their fate this year had they lost last night, since they won the regular season title.
"This is new territory for this program," Landon Coach Andy Luther said.
Webster echoed that sentiment, thinking back to when he arrived as a freshman.
"When I first came here, this program wasn't that strong at all," said Webster, who scored more than 1,800 points in his career. "But we all worked so hard, so many guys, and we knew we'd have the chance to do this one day. I'm just so glad it happened my senior year."
Webster got into a fabulous game of one-upsmanship with Episcopal standout Given Kalipinde (32 points). Kalipinde's two free throws with just over a minute to go in regulation tied the game. He nearly won it by grabbing a rebound, dribbling downcourt and hoisting a runner in the lane that went off the back iron as time expired.
In the first overtime, Kalipinde's three-pointer put Episcopal up 60-58 with 1 minute 46 seconds left. Webster, though, came right back and hit a turnaround 14-footer 20 seconds later to tie the game.
With Landon (18-5) ahead, Kalipinde drove the length of the court and finished beautifully to tie the game with 14 seconds left and force the second overtime.
After Yao Sithole's layup for Episcopal opened the scoring, Webster scored six straight points: a pair of free throws, a left-handed driving layup and a tip of his own miss along the baseline.
Landon then made 4 of 6 free throws, but Jordan Martinez and Kalipinde each hit a three-pointer to put Episcopal (15-7) in position to win at the buzzer. Kalipinde's three-pointer from the left of the arc missed, however, and Landon's students rushed the court in celebration.
Landon 73, Episcopal 71 Long wait: Landon claimed its first outright IAC title since 1968 and the first of any kind since it shared the crown with Episcopal in 1995. Up next: Landon's season is complete, but Episcopal is back at the Sleepy Thompson Tournament at St.Stephen's/St. Agnes starting Thursday.